Denis Shapovalov posted his first win over former world no. 4 Kei Nishikori of Japan on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, an ATP World Tour 500 event in Acapulco.
The 18-year-old posted a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1 victory over the 2014 U.S. Open finalist after more than two hours of play in the Mexico heat.
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Shapovalov was particularly effective in his return games, breaking Nishikori’s serve four times in the match while he saved nine of the ten break points he faced and hit 11 total aces compared to Nishikori’s zero. This is the Canadian’s fourth career top 30 win.
In the second round on Wednesday, Shapovalov will meet his good friend Dominic Thiem, seeded third in the tournament, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Shapovalov is also playing doubles this week with fellow Next Gen ATP star Hyeon Chung.