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Shapovalov scores huge upset over Kyrgios in first round

Jul 26, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
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Canadian wild card Denis Shapovalov pulled off a huge upset at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in front of a raucous Canadian crowd on Monday night. The 17-year-old upset world No. 19 Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 in his opening-round match.

The victory came in Shapovalov’s second-ever match on the ATP World Tour and was only the second time this season a player ranked outside the Top 300 has beaten a Top 20 opponent for his first career ATP win.

With the win, Shapovalov advances to the second round of his hometown tournament. The Richmond Hill, Ont. resident – who won Junior Wimbledon just two weeks ago – will next meet Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov but doesn’t plan to let his opening-round success get to his head.

“It’s not the first time I have been so happy about a win. The semifinals of Wimbledon I was two points away from losing the match. I was equally as happy. It’s just a matter of refocusing, getting ready for the match,” Shapovalov said in the post-match press conference. “The tournament is not over. I could celebrate my win from Nick after the tournament but now I’m going to focus for Dimitrov.”