From bad to worse for Denis Shapovalov

From bad to worse for Denis Shapovalov

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Denis Shapovalov's slide continued on Tuesday afternoon at the IGA Stadium center. The end of his match against Alex de Minaur, which had been started on Monday, had been postponed due to rain.  

That didn't stop him from adding another setback to his record. The Canadian finally lost 7-5 and 7-6 (4) in front of the Australian. 

For Shapovalov, this is the ninth defeat in his last ten games on the ATP circuit. His last victory dates back to the first round of Wimbledon at the end of June. 

Moreover, he is still without a victory against his Australian rival in the professional ranks (0-3). 

Yesterday his warm-up was longer than the end of his match against de Minaur. He put himself in an uncomfortable position from the start with a double fault. The rest was a formality for De Minaur who will now face Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.

Shapovalov was not very talkative during his meeting with the media. We can very well understand that. He is going through a very difficult period. 

“Alex (de Minaur) played good tennis. I don't know what else I can say, mentioned Denis Shapovalov after his short spell at the central. 

“It was very difficult to continue my match when I had it started the day before.”

A bit of a positive

In this game against de Minaur, he did not play badly. However, he was not opportunistic enough to get his hands on victory. It feels like a pattern that has been repeating itself for three months. 

For his part, de Minaur made very few mistakes during his clash against the local player. He ran all the balls and took advantage of every mistake Shapovalov made. 

Shapovalov believes there is a bit of positive to take from another loss early in the tournament. 

“I started to gain a few points and I was able to pick up some pace at the start of the game, underlined the Canadian. I was playing good level tennis.”

The Shapovalov tournament is not over. He took part in the doubles tournament with Karen Khachanov. 

After the Montreal tournament, he will head to Cincinnati to participate in another masters 1000 tournament. in New York for the US Open. 

“I'm going to try to build on what I did on Monday. I will try to play better next week and have a few matches before the next Grand Slam.”