The first week of the 2018 season is finally here and front and centre of the excitement are Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov. The two Canadians are both present at the Brisbane International, an ATP 250 event.
Raonic, the 2016 champion, is making his fourth appearance at the tournament while Shapovalov is making his debut.
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As a top four seed, Raonic receives a bye into the second round. He will face the winner of Steve Johnson vs. Alex de Minaur with a potential quarter-final clash against Mischa Zverev.
Also in Raonic’s half of the draw is Andy Murray, who is aiming to make his return to competition after an injury-plagued 2017 season. The former world no. 1 and Raonic could clash in the semi-finals.
Shapovalov was drawn into the top half, opposite his compatriot, and will face Kyle Edmund in the opening round. The pair played three matches in 2017 and Shapovalov held a 2-1 record over the Brit with wins coming in London and at the US Open.
Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and the fiery Nick Kyrgios also linger in Shapovalov’s half of the draw.
In qualifying action, Peter Polansky knocked out compatriot Filip Peliwo in the first round. Polansky will play Yannick Hanfmann for a spot in the main draw.