Denis Shapovalov eliminated in the 1st round at Roland Garros
Canada’s Denis Shapovalov quickly packed his bags at Roland Garros.
The Ontarian lost to Denmark’s Holger Rune 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Paris tournament.
Denis Shapovalov was the 14th seed at this clay-court tournament, while Rune is unranked.
It was the first time Shapovalov, 23, faced 19-year-old Rune, ranked 40th.
“It was difficult. For sure, I wasn’t able to deliver my best performance. It’s frustrating, Shapovalov confessed. But yes, it just shows that I have a lot of things to work on.
And I can’t wait to get back to work. I never think I’m done learning and improving. So, yes, it’s a difficult time, but I will keep working.
Shapovalov totaled six aces against Rune, but the young Dane dominated in virtually every other category.
Rune maintained a better service success percentage, scoring five of his nine breaking balls and scoring 64 points on serve compared to 46 for Shapovalov, who also committed 53 direct fouls.
Denis Shapovalov tried to resist the third set forcing the tiebreaker, but he quickly trailed 3-1 and could not close the gap, sending the match ball away.
Rune, a rising star on the ATP Tour, won the Munich tournament earlier this month and was a semi-finalist in Lyon last week.
“That’s what you work for every day to play the biggest tournaments. And facing players like Denis is also great for me. It’s an incredible level.
I’m super happy to be in that position right now,” Rune said. To be able to have chances against these guys, to be able, you know, to win my first title in Munich, was a huge step forward in my career. I’m really positive, and I work hard every day to improve.
Rune also won the junior tournament at Roland Garros in 2019. In particular, he defeated world number 3 Alexander Zverev en route to his first title in Munich.
Three Canadians are still competing at Roland Garros and will compete in the second round on Wednesday.
Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu will face Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, the 14th seed, Laval’s Leylah Fernandez, No. 17, and Czech Katerina Siniakova, while Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 9th seed, will face Argentina’s Camilo Ugo Carabelli, from qualifying.