Eighteen-year-old Denis Shapovalov picked up his first ATP main draw win since Rogers Cup last summer on Monday at the Aegon Championships in London.
After playing his way through qualifying over the weekend at the ATP World Tour 500 event, Shapovalov avenged his February Davis Cup loss to Kyle Edmund thanks to a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 victory over the no. 47 ranked Brit on his home court.
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Shapovalov hit 12 aces in the match and managed to win 81 percent of his first serve points while only facing two break points. He’ll next face Czech Tomas Berdych in the second round on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Milos Raonic, who lost in doubles today with Daniel Nestor, will begin his Queen’s singles campaign Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. E.T. against Aussie wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis.
It was set to be a thrilling, hard-hitting match between Vasek Pospisil and German wildcard Dustin Brown on Monday in Halle.
The first set was anything but for the Canadian, who sported some tape on his right leg and played through obvious discomfort. The set was uncharacteristic of Pospisil’s form of late. He rode a nine match win streak, including a title at the Busan Open Challenger and a quarter-final run in s’Hertogenbosch.
Through the first four games, Pospisil only won one point on serve. He was able to hold in the fifth game, but Brown cruised through the opening set, 6-1 in 20 minutes. Pospisil was 3/11 on his first serve and 3/8 on the second serve.
Pospisil left the court before the second set to receive some treatment. He returned refreshed and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Brown, a renowned grass court specialist, was able to level the set again at 3-3. Both men were able to stay on serve heading into the latter stages.
Down 6-5 and serving to stay in the match, Pospisil saved five match points in a 10 minute service game to put the second set into a tiebreak. A sudden bounce in the Canadians step saw him race through the tiebreak, winning it 7-3, and pushing the match into a third set.
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After a sluggish start to the match, Pospisil was cruising through his service games in the third set. Neither man was able to create a break opportunity and a tiebreak seemed inevitable.
After trading mini breaks early in the tiebreak, Brown jumped out to a 5-4 lead and served out the match 6-1, 6-7(3), 7-6(4) after two hours, 13 minutes of action. Pospisil lost more points on serve in the tiebreak (three) than he did through the first six games (two).
Feature photo courtesy: Aegon Championships