As was the case at the National Bank Open last week, Canadian Denis Shapovalov lost again early in the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday night.
This time, he lost in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at the hands of Frenchman Benoit Payer in the second round. Shabu was defeated in his first duel in the last three tournaments he has participated in.
It was the fourth confrontation between the two men, but it was the first on solid ground. The French had the upper hand three times.
“Shabu”, 10th racket in the world and ranked sixth in the tournament, got a pass in the first round.
On the other hand, the pair (50) defeated Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic (58th place) in the first round.
The winner will now face the winner of the match between American John Isner (26) and Italian Yannick Sener (15) in the next round.
Auger-Alessem must wait
In addition, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime was scheduled to start his doubles path, in the company of New Zealander Marcus Daniel, but the rain decided otherwise.
Their confrontation against Americans Steve Johnson and Austin Krajesek was postponed until Wednesday.
“FAA”, 17th in the world in singles, also faced with Khachanov.
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