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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.
MONTREAL — Fresh off his first ATP Tour title, Denis Shapovalov has been named to Canada's team for the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.
Shapovalov, who won the Stockholm Open on Sunday, will be joined by Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil at the Davis Cup Finals on Nov. 18-24 in Madrid.
Canada is grouped with Italy and the United States. There are six groups in the 18-team event. The group winners and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals.
This marks the first time the Davis Cup champion will be crowned at a neutral site during a weeklong event. Previously, World Group matches were played over the course of a year, with a best-of-five final at a home venue.
The Associated 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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