Canada’s Denis Shapovalov falls in first round of Monte-Carlo Masters
|Toronto Star 15 Apr 2019 at 08:16|
The No. 15 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 clay-court event on Monday.
Canada s Denis Shapovalov throws his racket on the court after missing a point against Germany s Jan-Lennard Struff during their tennis match on the day 3 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament. (VALERY HACHE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Struff, ranked 44th in the world, now has wins over the top two Canadians this year — Milos Raonic and Shapovalov.
Struff, 28, won 72 per cent of his points on first serve, 10 per cent better than Shapovalov.
Shapovalov, who turned 20 on Monday, was coming off a run to the semifinals at the Miami Open, the last ATP Masters 1000 event.
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, a wild card, is expected to be play his first-round match against Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero on Tuesday.