In a topsy-turvy match that had momentum swing both ways, Viktor Troicki (SRB) came back from a set down to defeat Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
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Shapovalov surrendered the first break of the match with a few early errors to trail 3-1 in the opening set but was able to feed off the energy of the crowd and get back to level terms at 3-3.
Into a tiebreak to decide the first set, Shapovalov grabbed the first mini break with a backhand cross-court return winner to lead 4-2. A backhand error from Troicki would give Shapovalov a double break lead to serve out the set. Shapovalov surrendered one of his mini breaks but got three set points at 6-3. On his first set point, Troicki double faulted to give the Canadian the set 7-6(3) in 47 minutes.
Troicki exchanged words with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes and a tournament supervisor after the opening set, showing displeasure with some of the line calls being made in the opening set.
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The players continued to hold serve convincingly, as in the opening set. Shapovalov surrendered the first and only break of the second set with a double fault down to go down 4-2, eventually losing 6-3.
Into the third, Shapovalov was broken to begin the final set and soon after went down a double break lead to trail Troicki 3-0. The Canadian was unable to recover from the deficit or gain any momentum in the set, eventually dropping it 6-0 to lose the match in three sets.