Shapovalov ousted from Madrid Open after 3-set loss to Murray in 2nd round
Canadian Denis Shapovalov was eliminated from the Madrid Open on Tuesday following a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 loss to former number one Andy Murray in the second round on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain.
Shapovalov put himself in a hole early as he struggled with his command in a wild opening set. He only won 48% of his service points and only managed to earn seven out of 25 points on the return.
Murray broke Shapovalov twice from three chances in the opening set, and the Scotsman defended the only break point he faced.
Two-time Madrid Open champion Murray was lucky enough to take control of the second set at 2-2 with a chance for a break. But he failed to convert and Shapovalov roared to force a deciding set.
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Shapovalov, seeded 14th in Madrid, was unable to capitalize on his second-set success, and Murray put the game aside with his fourth break of the match.
Murray will next face top seed Novak Djokovic.
Montreal‘s Felix Auger-Aliassime, seeded eighth, who opens his tournament on Wednesday against Chile’s Cristian Garin, is the last Canadian remaining in singles competition.
Andreescu eliminated by Pegula
Canada‘s Bianca Andreescu was knocked out of the Madrid Open round of 16 after a 7-5, 6-1 loss to American Jessica Pegula.
Pegula, the 12th seed in the tournament, had Andreescu on his heels for most of the match, winning 57.1% of the total service points available to him.
Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, saved 14 of 17 break points in the first set, before being broken three times in four attempts in the deciding second set.
Pegula advances to the quarter-finals against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach her third WTA 1000 quarter-final.
Andreescu entered the clay-court tournament with a world ranking of 111.
She reached a career-high No. 4 in October 2019 thanks to her breakout season which saw her win high-profile events in Toronto and Indian Wells, California, in addition to her first Grand Slam at Arthur Stadium. Ashe.
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Djokovic beats Monfils to reach third round
Novak Djokovic got off to a strong start at the Madrid Open with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Gael Monfils in the second round.
Top-ranked Djokovic, looking to regain his best form ahead of Roland Garros, saved all five break points he faced and converted all three he had against the 21st-ranked Frenchman.
It was the Serb’s 18th consecutive victory against Monfils. The match was halted at 2-2 in the first set as rain forced the center court roof to close.
Djokovic had needed three sets in each of his last three wins this season, all in Serbia before losing the final to Andrey Rublev.
Djokovic had lost Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his opening match in Monte Carlo, which was his only other clay-court tournament this season.
He arrived in Madrid with a 5-3 record and had only played one hard-court tournament after being barred from the Australian Open due to his vaccination status. He lost to Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals in Dubai.
Three-time Madrid winner Djokovic will next face former No.1 Andy Murray or Denis Shapovalov.
In other matches:
- Rublev reached the third round after rallying to a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over 20-year-old Jack Draper of Great Britain. Eighth-placed Rublev is looking for his first Masters 1000 title. Victory in Serbia last month added to his titles in Dubai and Marseille. Only Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz have also won three titles this season.
- Marin Cilic defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, while Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jenson Brooksby lost their first-round matches in straight sets. Tiafoe lost to Cristian Garin 6-1, 6-3 and Brooksby lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-0, 6-2.
- Teenage sensation Alcaraz will later make his singles debut against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Nadal, back from injury, begins his campaign at the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
Anderson, two-time Slam finalist, retires
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, who reached fifth in the ATP rankings, announced his retirement on Tuesday.
The South African lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 US Open final and fell to Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Wimbledon Championship match.
Anderson, who turns 36 on May 18, has won seven career titles on the ATP Tour.
“I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t play tennis,” Anderson said in his social media announcement. “I started the journey 30 years ago when my dad put a racquet in my hands and told me that if I was willing to work hard I could be one of the best players in the world. .
“I had ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change them for the world. My journey has helped me become the man I am today.”
Anderson turned pro in 2007 after a stellar college career in Illinois. Its highest ranking was in 2018 and it won US$17.7 million in prize money.