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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

Canada's Denis Shapovalov falls in first round of Monte-Carlo Masters

Canada's Denis Shapovalov falls in first round of Monte-Carlo Masters MONTE CARLO — Canada's Denis Shapovalov has made an early exit at the Monte-Carlo Masters. The No. 15 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 clay-court event on Monday. Struff, ranked 44th in the world, now has wins over the top two Canadians this year — Milos Raonic and Shapovalov. Struff, 28, won 72 per cent of his points on first serve, 10 per cent better than Shapovalov. The 19-year-old Shapovalov was coming off a run to the semifinals at the Miami Open, the last ATP Masters 1000 event.

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.

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.

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.

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime downs Malek Jaziri in opener in Barcelona

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime downs Malek Jaziri in opener in Barcelona BARCELONA, Spain — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is off to the third round of the Barcelona Open. The No. 16 seed from Montreal beat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-3, 7-6 (7) at the ATP Tour 500 clay-court event on Wednesday. The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime, who got a first-round bye, will face No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in the third round on Thursday. Auger-Aliassime, ranked 31st in the world, won 77 per cent of his points on first serve, as compared to 62 per cent for the 72nd-ranked Jaziri. No. 9 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was scheduled to face Cristian Garin of Chile in a second-round match later Wednesday.

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

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime wins opener at Monte-Carlo Masters.
MONACO — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime will get another crack at a top-10 player on Wednesday. The 18-year-old from Montreal will face world No. 3 Alexander Zverev of Germany in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters after the Canadian wild card beat Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday. Ranked 33rd in the world, Auger-Aliassime has risen 75 spots this year. He's coming off a run to the semifinals at the Miami Open and an appearance in the final at the Rio Open. On Tuesday at the ATP Tour 1000 Masters clay-court tourney, Auger-Aliassime won 88 per cent of his first-serve points.

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