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Shapovalov drops season opener to Edmund in Brisbane

Jan 02, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

18-year-old Denis Shapovalov faced a familiar foe in Kyle Edmund in his first round match at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

Shapovalov and Edmund had three previous meetings coming into this encounter, with all three matches coming in 2017. Shapovalov led their head-to-head 2-1 last season. Edmund was able to level their career record with a three set victory over Shapovalov in Brisbane – 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-3 in two hours, 30 minutes.

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Not much separated the two in the first set as both were comfortably holding their service games. Shapovalov surrendered the first break of the match on a double fault, allowing Edmund to serve for the first set at 5-4. Shapovalov was able to create two break back opportunities in the next game and forced an error from Edmund to get back on serve at 5-5.

Into a first set tiebreak, the pair traded mini breaks of serve to start. Shapovalov earned his first lead with a backhand down-the-line winner to edge ahead 4-2. He would go on to hold his two following service points and earn three set points. On the third chance Shapovalov hit his eighth ace and took the first set 7-6(5) in 58 minutes.

The second set was tighter on serve for both Shapovalov and Edmund. They would each save one break point on serve in the set en route to another tiebreak.

Shapovalov surrendered the first mini break of serve on a missed overhead smash at 3-3. Edmund was able to capitalize on the Canadian’s error and would hold his following service points en route to winning the set 7-6(4).

Into the deciding set, Shapovalov was broken for the second time. He was unable to recover from the early deficit and Edmund would take the match 6-3 in the third set.

This past weekend Shapovalov and Milos Raonic teamed up for doubles action in Brisbane. They drew top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers and were handed a 7-6(3), 6-4 defeat.

Also in doubles action, Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu toughed out a three-set win over Australian duo Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders in their opening match, 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7.

To wrap up Canadian action on Tuesday, Peter Polansky took to court against Australian wildcard John Millman. Polansky had already played two matches in Brisbane this past week to qualify for the main draw. He was eliminated with a 7-6(4), 6-0 loss.