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Mannarino defeats Shapovalov in Basel

Oct 26, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Two months after their epic Coupe Rogers quarterfinal, Denis Shapovalov and Adrian Mannarino clashed in another tight battle on Thursday in Basel at the Swiss Indoors.

This time it was Mannarino who got revenge for his loss in Montreal and defeated 18-year-old Shapovalov from a set down, taking the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in one hour, 43 minutes.

Shapovalov, who had to fend off two early break points on his serve, earned his first break opportunity on serve at 5-4, which was also a set point. The Frenchman saved it with an unreturnable serve.

At deuce, Shapovalov saved a game point en route to bringing up his second break chance. This time Mannarino netted a forehand to give Shapovalov the break and first set, 6-4 after 39 minutes.

Into the second set, Shapovalov quickly found himself down a double break at 0-3. He was unable to recover and got broken down 1-5 to drop the second set in 32 minutes. His first service percentage dropped from 86% to 56%.

Into a third and decisive set, Mannarino had to save a break point in his opening service game, where Shapovalov rallied from 0-30 down to get him his first break chance since the end of the opening set.

A few games later it was the Canadian who blinked first, sending a backhand long of the baseline to give Mannarino the break and lead at 4-2.

Shapovalov, who was unable to re-capture any momentum from winning the opening set, would not be able to break back. He would be broken again to end the match.

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Shapovalov will next play at the Rolex Paris Masters, which begins on Monday, October 30. He has also qualified for the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. That inaugural event will begin on Tuesday, November 7.