As was the case at the National Bank Open last week, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov once again lost early at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday night.
This time, he was defeated in three sets (2 to 1) by Frenchman Benoit Paire in BLA. This is a fourth defeat in a row for Shapovalov, whose last victory dates back to the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tournament, in July, against Russian Karen Khachanov (30th).
It was a fourth clash between the two men, but a first on hard court. The Frenchman has had the upper hand three times.
“Shapo”, 10th racket in the world and sixth seed in the tournament, was granted a pass in the first round.
Pair (50th), for his part, defeated Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (58th) in the first round.
The winner will now cross swords with the winner of the match between American John Isner (26th) and Italian Jannik Sinner (15th) in the next round.
Auger-Aliassime must wait
In addition, the Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime was to begin his course in doubles, in the company of the New Zealander Marcus Daniell, but the rain decided otherwise.
Their clash against Americans Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek has been postponed until Wednesday.
“FAA”, 17th in the world in singles, also faces with Khachanov.
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