Canada’s Denis Shapovalov made an expeditious outing at the tournament in Vienna, Austria, beating home favorite Jurij Rodionov in two sets of 6-4 and 7-5 on Monday.
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The 21-year-old tennis player, number 8 seed in the event, was surprised late in the round twice rather than once by the surprising Austrian. Shapovalov suffered the breakage every time in the last play of the set, with both opponents on equal service.
Rodionov, another 21-year-old youngster, but who is 153rd in the ATP, gained 80% of the points on his first ball, compared to 67% for “Shapo”. The Canadian has also been credited with five double faults.
The Austrian was able to take advantage of three of the four breakout opportunities offered by the 12th player in the world. Shapovalov only got one of his two chances in return.