Shapovalov held back in round two

Shapovalov braked in lap two


Denis Shapovalov could initially dream of a possible duel with Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Paris Masters, but this scenario will not materialize, since neither has been able to win their second-round match on Wednesday. The Canadian lost his flag in three sets of 6-7(2), 6-2 and 4-6 against Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta. 

More later, Nadal lost in three sets of 3-6, 7-6(4) and 6-1 against the American Tommy Paul.

To return to “Shapo”, the 16th racquet of the ATP had however started their match in force, breaking their rival in the first game. Carreno-Busta, 14th player in the world, however reserved the same fate for him in the next game, before triumphing in the tiebreaker. p>

The Maple Leaf representative came back strong afterwards, stealing his opponent's serve twice in the second set, but he lost his in the first game of the third set and was never able to come back from behind.

Shapovalov's problems have been particularly persistent in the first-ball situation, as he has put between the lines only 50% of his first attempts, including a weak percentage of 38% in the second set. His nine double faults also overshadowed his 12 aces, he who also gave his opponent nine chances to break him, saving seven of them.

In return, he took away his opponent's serve three times in five attempts.