The young Canadian gun Shapovalov knocks down Tsitsipas in the ATP Cup
Brisbane, January 3 (AFP) The young Canadian gun Denis Shapovalov beat world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in the clean sweep of his country against Greece on the first day of the inaugural ATP Cup on Friday.
Shapovalov, 20, knocked down world number six 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7/4) in Brisbane to give Canada an undisputed 2-0 lead after Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated to Michail Pervolarakis 6- 1, 6-3.
The two combined in the doubles to beat Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-3.
It was definitely a great start to the event, these guys played amazing, said Canadian captain Adriano Fuorivia.
It's easy to support them when they play like this. Shapovalov's left-handed service was working beautifully in his match against Tsitsipas, who hesitated at key moments in the two playoffs.
Tsitsipas, 21, had an excellent final for 2019, winning the ATP Finals in his tournament debut and reaching a world ranking of five.
He entered the game as a slight favorite over the Canadian, ranked nine places under him.
Both players went relatively smoothly with the serve, but Shapovalov made the clutch points in the two playoffs to take the game in just over two hours.
It is definitely a great victory for me, said Shapovalov.
Obviously, he had an incredible end to the season and is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world right now to beat a guy like this first game of the year, it's very special for me.
Tsitsipas admitted that he had returned badly, which showed the difference.
I don't know if it was because he was a left-handed man. I don't usually have this many left-handed problems to play, but today I think he was serving well. That was more or less, Tsitsipas said.
His service was better than mine and some points in the tiebreaker, I didn't solve what I had to do and I didn't have a clear idea of how I have to play.
The 21st world Auger-Aliassime was too strong for Pervolarakis, 466 places lower in the ATP ranking.
The Canadian crossed the first set before Pervolarakis, who played his first game on the main ATP tour, could adapt to the pace, but the 19-year-old was never in trouble and finished the game in 69 minutes. I was glad that overall in the game I had a great first set, I couldn't ask for anything better and I could be solid in the second, said Auger-Aliassime. (AFP) APA APA