Denis Shapovalov defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next generation battle when the ATP Cup begins
SYDNEY Denis Shapovalov won the battle of newcomers against greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas to close the opening draw of Canada at the opening ATP Cup Men's team event in Brisbane on Friday.
The 20-year-old left-handed baby gave Canada an undisputed 2-0 lead in the draw with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) win in the second rubber against number six Tsitsipas World at the Patrick Rafter Arena.
Canada went up 1-0 when Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed a breezy 6-1, 6-3 victory over Michail Pervolarakis for the first win in the $15 million ATP Cup , which features 24 nations contesting in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days.
The teams participating for the event have been determined by the individual ranking of their best player. Six of the seven best players in the world, except the great Swiss. Roger Federer , I have arrived in Australia
However, the event did not have the best possible start with the organizers playing a wrong national anthem for Moldova before their draw against Belgium in Sydney.
Belgium's number two player and captain Steve Darcis won the rubber with a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory against Alexander Cozbinov before world number 11 David Goffin resolved the draw in favor of the team by defeating Radu Albot 6 -4, 6-1.
"At the start of the Moldova vs Belgium match we mistakenly played the wrong national anthem for Moldova," the organisers said on the official Twitter handle for the ATP Cup . "We are sincerely sorry and have apologised personally to Team Moldova."
The 21-year-old Tsitsipas was considered the favorite going into the match against Shapovalov having defeated Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem to win the ATP Finals in November.
But Shapovalov, who played brilliantly to take Canada to his first Davis cup The final in November, where Rafa Nadal finally went to Spain, was the best player in the big points against the Greek.
After more than two hours of power shots by two of the most exciting players of the next generation of the ATP in a game in which there was no interruption of services, Shapovalov turned his first match point when Tsitsipas failed twice in your service.
It is definitely a great victory for me, Shapovalov said in an interview on the court. Obviously, he had an incredible end of the season and is definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment. It has a great game.
So beating a guy like this in the first game of the year is really special for me. It means a lot.
I think today were just a couple of points here and there, I just tried to keep playing my game, keep playing every point and wait for my opportunities and I think I took great advantage in the tie-breaks.