Shapovalov at net

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Denis Shapovalov made the perfect start at the All England Club, cruising past Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour and 53 minutes to advance to the second round of Wimbledon.

The 25-year-old struck 29 winners and fired nine aces in the dominant straight sets victory.

It was a tenth career win for Canadian at the prestigious major and he made a rapid start in the opening set.

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Shapovalov quickly imposed his baseline firepower, controlling play from the back of the court to seize the first break of the match for an early 3-1 lead.

While Jarry struggled to adapt to the quicker grass surface, the former Wimbledon semifinalist looked comfortable and confident.

The Canadian would secure a second break before closing out the first set, 6-1.

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The Chilean managed to keep the match on more even terms in the second, as the competitors held serve until late in the set.

The former world no. 10 made his move at 5-all, securing his third break of the match, and again closed the set on serve, taking it 7-5.

Shapovalov continued to dictate play in the third, and at 3-2 applied key pressure in his return game to break for a 4-2 lead.

The difference on the scoreboard was more than enough, as the Canadian closed out the proceedings on serve, finishing with a forehand smash winner.

It’s Shapovalov’s seventh time competing at the All England Club, with his previous best finish coming in 2021 when he reached the semifinals.

The Canadian from Richmond Hill, Ontario won 83% of points on his first serve and was an efficient 14/17 at the net.

He’ll face Daniel Altmaier in the second round.

Andreescu overcomes Cristian

Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu also booked her place in the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jaqueline Cristian in 1 hour and 29 minutes on Monday.

The Canadian hit 21 winners and broke serve four times in a clinical win on the grass courts of the All England Club.

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It was a sharp performance from the former US Open champion, who exhibited strong play during this grass court season, reaching the finals of the Libema Open on the surface.

In the opening set, Andreescu’s Grand Slam pedigree shone through.

After trading breaks early in the match, the 2019 US Open winner utilized her power and variety to gain the upper hand in the rallies.

She broke the 26-year-old Romanian’s serve for a second time to move ahead 4-3, as Cristian surrended a double fault under pressure.

That advantage on the scoreboard was more than enough, and Andreescu closed out the opening set on serve 6-4 in 48 minutes.

The Missisauga native would further control play in the following set – she broke Cristian in the opening game, hitting two baseline winners in succession. Leading 2-0, she’d find another key backhand winner, and secure a second break of serve to build a commanding 4-0 advantage.

Her Romanian opponent eventually got on the board, holding serve but could do little to resist the relentless power of Andreescu.

The former world no. 4 closed the match out on serve with one of her three aces to secure the straight sets victory.

It’s Andreescu’s fourth career win at Wimbledon as she improves to 7-3 on the season and 5-2 on the grass.

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She’ll face the 26th seeded Linda Noskova of Czechia in the second round.