Montpellier: Shapovalov Edges👊 Granollers to Advance

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Denis Shapovalov did not face a break point and won 30 of his 33 first serve points in his 6-4 7-6 (7-1) win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers in one hour and 22 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

The opening set went on serve until the 10th game, when Shapovalov converted his second break point chance to close it out 6-4 after Granollers was not able to hold his serve after leading 40-15. In the second set both players did not face any break points en route to the tie-break. Shapovalov cruised through to winning the tie-break 7-1.

The 19-year-old Canadian player was one of the three teenagers to reach the third round at the Australian Open. He lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets. Last week Shapovalov won two singles matches to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over Slovakia in the Davis Cup in Bratislava.

Shapovalov will take one either Pierre Hugues Herbert or Ilya Ivashka in the quarter final. The Canadian Next Gen player is bidding to win his maiden ATP title after reaching three semifinals in Delray Beach, Madrid and Tokyo last year.

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