Despite a sparkling first round, Denis Shapovalov had to admit defeat in the final of the Vienna tournament on Sunday in Austria. Daniil Medvedev had the last laugh, winning 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
Despite a jolt at the end of the match, erasing no less than six balls match, Shapovalov lost a fifth straight final. His only triumph on the ATP circuit dates back to October 2019, at the Stockholm Open.
For Medvedev, fourth in the world, it is a second title this year after that of the Open in Los Cabos, last August. In career, he lifted 15 trophies.
A good start
The first round had however been the affair of “Shapo”, who is quickly given two breaks in advance. If he escaped one in the sixth game by committing two double faults, he was patient at the opportune moments to give himself the lead at the end of the set.
Medvedev, however, responded to the second commitment by signing two breaks himself. Shapovalov had six break points in the set, converting only one of them.
Shapovalov, 19th in the world, put in play only 51% of his first points of service, and won only 28% of rallies when the second was needed.
The Canadian has therefore lost its last four games against the Russian, having won only two of the six duels between them.
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