Canadian Denis Shapovalov won his first round clash against Austrian Jurij Rodionov at the Vienna tournament on Tuesday, triumphing in two identical sets of 6-4.
< p>The winner thus made people forget his elimination at the hands of his rival of the day, which occurred two years ago in the initial round of this same tournament.
Shapovalov slammed eight aces to just one for the holder of an invitation from the organizers. During the 1h 41min duel, the athlete of the maple leaf had three breaks in nine occasions, while Rodionov, holder of the 130th rank in the ATP, took the opposing service once.
< p>In the next round, the Ontarian will try to take his revenge on the American Taylor Fritz, fourth seed in the competition and 10th player in the world. Earlier this month in Tokyo, the California native defeated him in three sets in the semi-finals before walking away with event honors.
Galarneau progresses, Pospisil stops
In Nevada, the Quebecer Alexis Galarneau reached the next round of the Las Vegas Challenger by beating the Argentinian Facundo Mena.
The duel took place in three stages, but ultimately ended in favor of Galarneau 6-1, 0-6 and 6-4.
Seeded seventh in the event and No. 175 in the world, Mena attempted a comeback as they trailed 5-2 in the third set. He was, however, unable to snatch the serve from Galarneau (225th) for the third time in a row when he was cornered, and the Lavallois took advantage of his first match point to put an end to hostilities.
< p>Galarneau joins his friend Gabriel Diallo in the second round of this competition. He will face the American Govind Nanda (367th).
The other representative of the maple leaf in the running, Vasek Pospisil (123rd), was not so lucky. As the third seed in the event, he certainly didn't expect to drop the flag to qualifier Jack Pinnington Jones (568th).
The Briton, however, had the upper hand after a tough battle of 2 h 2 min, in three sets of 6-4, 3-6 and 6-2.
Heartbreaking defeat for Bouchard
Du On the Mexican side, Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard gave it her all, but was unable to cause an upset against Mexican Renata Zarazua at the Tampico Challenger.
Bouchard, who is now ranked 339th in the world, folded the back in three sets of 5-7, 6-1 and 7-5, after 2 h 21 min of play.
The native of Westmount was in excellent position to complete her comeback after taking a lead 5-2 in the final set. However, she was unable to take advantage of her three match points at 5-4, and Zarazua (291st) made her pay by climbing the slope.
At the end of the evening, Leylah Fernandez (40th) defeated American Elizabeth Mandlik (123rd), winning 7-6 (8) and 6-2.
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