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Sports Canadian tennis star Shapovalov advances to first career ATP final

22:45  19 october  2019
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Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai

  Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai SHANGHAI — Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil have advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 on Monday. Vancouver's Pospisil, a qualifier for the tournament, upset No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2. The 20-year-old Shapovalov, ranked 36th in the world, won 27 of 29 points on first serve en route to a win over the 51st-ranked Tiafoe.The first game of the match stretched to 15 minutes before Tiafoe held serve, but Shapovalov eventually took control with a break in the first set and two more in the second.

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STOCKHOLM — Denis Shapovalov is seeing the results of the work he's put into improving his game over the last couple of years.

The Canadian advanced to the first ATP final of his career on Saturday, defeating Japan's Yuichi Sugita 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Stockholm Open.

Shapovalov rose up the rankings with a solid 2017 rookie season that saw him reach the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the fourth round of the U.S. Open a month later. But he struggled to find consistent results after that.

"I feel like I shot up the rankings with a couple of big results but to be honest, my game wasn't there — I was really flashy, really big tennis, but I was up and down," he said after winning Saturday's semifinal. "So I worked really hard over the last couple of years to strengthen other parts of my game and really try to make it complete and I still feel like there's a lot of room to grow.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov rolls into semis at Stockholm Open

  Canadian Denis Shapovalov rolls into semis at Stockholm Open STOCKHOLM — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is heading to the semifinals at the Stockholm Open. The fourth-seeded Shapovalov crushed German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3 in quarterfinal action at the ATP Tour 250 event on Friday. The 20-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., finished off Stebe in just under 49 minutes. The Canadian won 21 of 22 points when he got his first serve in, good for a 95 per-cent clip. Stebe, ranked 213th in the world, was only at 57 per cent (13-of-23) in the same stat.Shapovalov, ranked 34th in the world, never faced a break point.

"I'm happy to be doing so well at the end of this year but hopefully I can keep going so a couple years down the road I can potentially be a Grand Slam contender."

Shapovalov will play Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on Sunday for the title at the ATP 250 tournament.

No Canadian has won on the ATP Tour since Milos Raonic in Brisbane in January 2016.

Shapovalov was previously 0 for 7 in ATP semifinals before Saturday's win.

"I've played a lot of semis it feels like so it's really exciting to be into my first finals," he said. "I've had some bad luck, some tough matches in the semis but on the other side, making semifinals is a good sign. So I knew sooner or later the wins were going to come so I stayed pretty patient."

Shapovalov, the No. 4 seed in Stockholm and the No. 34-ranked player heading into the week, outpowered his opponent on Saturday with 10 aces — Sugita had none — while winning 90 per cent of his first-service points.

Canadian Shapovalov captures Stockholm Open for first ATP Tour title

  Canadian Shapovalov captures Stockholm Open for first ATP Tour title STOCKHOLM — Canadian Denis Shapovalov has his first ATP Tour title. The fourth-seeded Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., captured the Stockholm Open on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Not only was it Shapovalov's first ATP title but he becomes the first Canadian Tour winner since Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., in Brisbane in January 2016. It marked the first time Shapovalov had ever faced the No. 60-ranked Krajinovic.The Canadian was ranked No. 34 in the world prior to this week's action but will crack the top-30 with this result for the first time since July.

Shapovalov converted on 4-of-5 break points and saves 3-of-4 to improve to 2-0 against Sugita. He also beat the 31-year-old in 2017 at an indoor hard court tournament in Switzerland.

Sugita, ranked No. 129, broke Shapovalov for a 4-2 lead in the first set, but the Canadian rebounded with a pair of breaks over the next five games to win the opener in 48 minutes.

The second set was much quicker for Shapovalov, who broke Sugita twice early on for a 4-1 lead, and won it in 30 minutes.

"Kind of a tough beginning, he played really well at the beginning, I was a little bit nervous," Shapovalov said. "So I'm really happy to have turned the match around."

Krajinovic defeated No. 5 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first semifinal of the day.

Krajinovic, ranked No. 60, has never faced Shapovalov before.

"I don't know him much. I've seen him play here and there," Shapovalov said. "He looks like he's got a big serve, he likes to go for his shots, pretty similar to me. So yeah, I think it's going to be an exciting match.

"I'm just happy to be through to my first final and the rest I just get to enjoy. Obviously I'd love to win the match and win my first title, but if not it's a big step to make the finals this week so I'm really happy with where I stand."

The 27-year-old Krajinovic has also never won on the ATP Tour, but has appeared in two finals, including one earlier this year on clay in Budapest.

The Canadian Press

Canada's Denis Shapovalov advances at Paris Masters after opponent retires .
PARIS — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is off to the second round at the Paris Masters after his opponent suffered an injury. Gilles Simon of France retired with a groin injury with the players tied at 2-2 in the first set. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., will face No. 11 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round. Ranked 28th in the world, Shapovalov beat Fognini in their lone meeting last year at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Shapovalov, 20, is coming off his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open earlier this month. Milos Raonic, the other Canadian in the singles draw at the Paris Masters, will face No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round.

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