Robert Shaw at Wheelchair Masters

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After a strong showing in the group stage of the NEC Wheelchair Doubles Masters, Canadian Robert Shaw and partner Heath Davidson of Australia fell just short of winning it all. 

Today, the duo played against the Dutch team composed of Niels Vink and Sam Schroder and fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. 

In the matches leading up to the finals, the Dutch duo won each of their matches without dropping a single set.

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Shaw and Davidson, however, won two of their three, with their sole loss coming at the hands of Vink and Schroder. 

The finals went just about the same way as their first matchup earlier in the week with the Dutch dominating on all fronts. 

Shaw and Davidson had a tough time with their serves, winning only 30 per cent of their first serve points and 29 per cent of their second.

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Though they showed improvement in their service games in the second set, they struggled in turn with their returns. They won a mere 36 per cent of their first serve return points and had a tougher time in second serve points, only winning 14 per cent of them. 

Their opponents were much stronger on that side, winning 68 per cent of their first serve points. 

The Dutch were also particularly strong in their returns, converting seven of their 13 break points across both sets. 

“Tough to go out like we did today,” Shaw said following the match. “If you don’t bring your best game against those two players you stand no chance. I think we both tried to over-hit and that led to way too many errors. Time for me to go home and nurse a couple injuries that I’ve picked up over the past few days and hopefully get ready in time for the ParaPan-Am Games.” 

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Shaw will indeed appear at the forthcoming ParaPan American Games which are set to begin on Nov. 17 and will last until Nov. 26.