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Montreal | Shapovalov lifts Canadian hopes

The young Canadian Denis Shapovalov, best known for injuring an umpire with a tennis ball while playing a Davis Cup tie against Britain, defeated Brazilian Rogerio Dutra da Silva 4-6 7-6(8) 6-4 in a thrilling first-round encounter encounter.

The fans really carried me. It was so fun to be out there on the court, it was so loud and energetic. It’s a huge win. It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of experience Denis Shapovalov

Backed by a home crowd at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, the 18-year-old saved four match points in the second set before taking it in a tie breaker.

“The fans really carried me. It was so fun to be out there on the court, it was so loud and energetic,” Shapovalov said. “It’s a huge win. It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of experience.”

Shapovalov, who won the junior Wimbledon title last year and was granted a wildcard to the main tournament this year, faces the big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the second round.

Meanwhile DelPo’s compatriot, Diego Schwartzman provided the day’s biggest upset when he took down third seed Dominic Thiem in a battle lasting nearly three hours.

Schwartzman pulled back repeatedly to escape trouble from 5-2 down to win five straight games to record a 6-4 6-7(7) 7-5 victory.

Earlier, American Sam Querrey overcame a sluggish start to defeat Frenchman Vincent Millot 4-6 7-6(4) 7-5.

The battle was the second meeting between the pair in a week after Querrey defeated Millot in straight sets on his way to winning the Los Cabos Open last week.

Querrey will face another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2014 champion, in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Czech Tomas Berdych, the number 10 seed, withdrew from the tournament prior to his first-round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili citing a rib injury.

“I am sorry I have to apologise all my Montreal fans. I couldn’t play, because of my rib dysfunction I need to get well to go to (the) office soon,” Berdych said on Twitter.

His withdrawal led to a quick call to the lucky loser American Ernesto Escobedo, who had five minutes to prepare for the match, which he claimed with an upset 7-6(4) 6-4 victory.

In other matches, Belgian David Goffin and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta prevailed in their respective three-setters and American Jack Sock beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets.






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