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Troicki defeats Shapovalov in Shanghai opener

Oct 10, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

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.

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.

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