Friday, October 7 2022

MONTREAL – Alex de Minaur of Australia defeated Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday in a first-round match at the National Bank Open which had been suspended by the rain the night before.

The players were tied 3-3 in a second-set tiebreaker on Monday night when rain forced a postponement. Once back on center court at the IGA Stadium, Shapovalov only managed to earn one of the five points.

The plummeting Canadian, ranked one position below Minaur at No. 22, has just one win in his last nine games.

Shapovalov gave up the first break of service of the match to end the first set. He was more aggressive in the second set and looked set to force a decider before the rain started.

When play resumed, the Canadian had served but double faulted. Two errant backhands gave de Minaur a pair of match points and he converted at the first opportunity.

In other action, American Tommy Paul beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4, and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the 15th seed, took a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Canadian guest Alexis Galarneau.

Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta upset 11th-seeded Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2. Marin Cilic, the No. 13 seed, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over fellow Croatian Borna Coric.

British joker Andy Murray was due to face 10th-seeded American Taylor Fritz in the evening game.


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