Denis Shapovalov’s slide continued on Tuesday afternoon at the center of Stade IGA. The end of his match against Alex de Minaur, which had been started on Monday, had been postponed due to rain.
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That didn’t stop him from adding another setback to his record. The Canadian finally lost 7-5 and 7-6 (4) in front of the Australian.
For Shapovalov, this is the ninth defeat in his last ten games on the ATP Tour. His last victory dates back to the first round of Wimbledon at the end of June.
Moreover, he still has no victory against his Australian rival in the professional ranks (0-3).
Yesterday his warm-up was longer than the end of his match against de Minaur. He put himself in an uncomfortable position from the start with a double fault. The rest was a formality for De Minaur who will now face Grigor Dimitrov in the next round.
Shapovalov was not very talkative during his meeting with the media. We can very well understand that. He is going through a very difficult time.
“Alex (de Minaur) played good tennis. I don’t know what else I can say, mentioned Denis Shapovalov after his short presence on the central.
“It was very difficult to continue my match when I had started the day before.”
A little positive
In this game against de Minaur, he didn’t play badly. However, he was not opportunistic enough to claim victory. We have the impression that this is a scenario that has been repeated for three months.
For his part, de Minaur made very few mistakes during his clash against the local player. He ran every ball and he took advantage of every mistake Shapovalov made.
The latter believes that there is a little positive to take away from this other loss at the start of the tournament.
“I started to gain a few points and I was able to pick up some pace at the start of the game, underlined the Canadian. I was playing good level tennis.
Shapovalov’s tournament is not over. He takes part in the doubles tournament with Karen Khachanov.
After the Montreal tournament, he will head to Cincinnati to participate in another Masters 1000 tournament. Afterwards, he will be in New York for the United States Open.
“I will try to build on what I did on Monday. I will try to play better next week and have a few matches before the next Grand Slam.”