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SportsShapovalov's clay-court campaign begins with 1st-round loss

20:25  15 april  2019
20:25  15 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

Shapovalov jumps into top 20 in rankings

Shapovalov jumps into top 20 in rankings Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov has cracked the top 20 of the ATP Tour rankings for the first time. The 19-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., jumped to a career-best 20th from 23rd on Monday after reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open last week. Fellow Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime made an even bigger leap. The 18-year-old from Montreal improved 24 spots to No. 33 after also making it to the semifinals in Miami. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., remains the top Canadian at No. 15, down one from the previous rankings. Serbia's Novak Djokovic kept his No. 1 spot.

Shapovalov began his 2018 season at the Brisbane International, where he lost in the first round Shapovalov started off his maiden clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he lost in Round of 16 to fellow countryman Milos Raonic, who avenged his loss to Shapovalov during their

In the second, Shapovalov began to settle in. He continued to serve well and his one handed backhand executed several good looking winners. He also avenged a semi-final loss to Shapovalov at a Challenger event in Mexico earlier this year.

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MONACO — Denis Shapovalov's clay-court campaign got off to a poor start as the Canadian lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

The 20-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., arrived after a good run on hard courts at the Miami Open, where he lost to Roger Federer in the semifinals.

But the Monte Carlo clay got the better of the big-hitting Canadian, seeded 15th. The unseeded German picked apart his serve, converting six of 16 break points.

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, a wild card, will play his first-round match against Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero on Tuesday.

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Shapovalov ’ s first career ATP clay - court campaign began with a first - round loss in Monte Carlo to Stefanos Tsitsipas. We now know, Tsitsipas is having a breakout moment. But we didn’t know it then. The two only had some French Open junior history on clay. And in that match, Shapovalov was the

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows after Britain’ s Kyle Edmund retired in the fourth set with a neck problem. Kyle Edmund of Great Britain reacts during his third round match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images.

Like Shapovalov, the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime made it to the semis in Miami.

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime also are scheduled to play doubles together in Monte Carlo.

Struff next faces Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who lost in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal last year.

Nadal, the defending champion, starts his bid for a record-extending 12th title on Wednesday against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who won 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against John Millman on Monday.

Nadal has not played since pulling out of his semifinal against Federer at Indian Wells last month because of an injury to his right knee. Nadal said Monday he resumed practice two weeks ago and feels fit.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday. Djokovic has won eight of their 10 matches, but Kohlschreiber recently beat him at Indian Wells.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime gets Monte Carlo wild card

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime gets Monte Carlo wild card MONTE CARLO — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime has been given a wild card into the Monte-Carlo Masters next week. The 18-year-old from Montreal is ranked 33rd in the world after a strong start to 2019, but wasn't ranked high enough to gain a spot in the main draw at the entry deadline several weeks ago. Auger-Aliassime, who now lives in Monaco, will face a qualifier in the first round of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event. He joins No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., in the main draw of the clay-court tournament. Shapovalov meets Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the first round.

Denis Shapovalov insisted there is no immediate change in his goals ahead of the French Open, despite an impressive Shapovalov , who will become the new Canadian No 1 next week, continues to make huge strides in his burgeoning career and could be a threat at Roland Garros later this month.

Denis Shapovalov returns to the fourth round of the Miami Open presented by Itau on Monday. Denis Shapovalov came into Indian Wells just two places below his career-high ATP Ranking of 23. Denis Shapovalov breaks serve three times in his four-set loss against Novak Djokovic.

Also on Monday, 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev; No. 11 Marco Cecchinato; No. 13 Fabio Fognini, and No. 16 David Goffin advanced, but No. 12 Nikoloz Basilashvili went out.

Medvedev did not face a break point in a 6-1, 6-1 win against Joao Sousa. Cecchinato, a French Open semifinalist last year, was leading 4-0 when Damir Dzumhur pulled out.

Goffin won 6-1, 6-4 against qualifier Guido Andreozzi, but Fognini had a tougher match.

The hot-tempered Italian player had the crowd on his side as he rallied to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win against unseeded Russian Andrey Rublev.

Basilashvili lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

Other unseeded first-round winners Monday: Kohlschreiber; Radu Albot; Martin Klizan; Mikhail Kukushkin; Lorenzo Sonego; Jaume Munar and Dusan Lajovic.

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Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

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