SYDNEY (Reuters) – Canadian Denis Shapovalov celebrated his second win against a top 10 player at the ATP Cup team event on Tuesday with a 6-2 strike against Alexander Zverev as the German continued to struggle with his serve had Australian Open this month.
Denis Shapovalov of Canada returns during his solo game against Alexander Zverev of Germany on day 5 of the ATP Cup tennis tournament at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia on January 7, 2020. AAP Image / Dave Hunt
The 20-year-old Shapovalov only needed 70 minutes to displace the number seven in the world. Zverev lost his third consecutive single before the first Grand Slam of the year, which started in Melbourne on January 20.
Zverev, the champion of the ATP finals in 2018, ended the tournament with seven double faults against Shapovalov, finishing 31st.
"There are a lot of things I need to improve, but it's the start of the season," said Zverev. "I have to find my rhythm."
Shapovalov returned with his teammate Felix Auger-Aliassime and won the decisive double against Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies with a 6-3 7-6 (4) final.
All six group winners and the two best runners-up will advance to the last eight in Sydney. Hosts Australia, Serbia and Russia have already qualified.
"I'm very happy about the win and hope we can get through," said Shapovalov, who defeated Greek world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in the opening game.
"I feel like we are definitely one of the top teams and I think we definitely deserve to go to Sydney." Hopefully, if we get this chance, we can do a lot of damage. "
The world's best players have gathered for the $ 15 million ATP Cup, in which 24 nations participate in ten days in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
The Russian Daniil Medvedev, the US Open finalist and number five in the world, won his third single in a row in Perth and defeated the Norwegian Casper Ruud 6: 3: 7: 6 (6).
Dan Evans celebrated a one-sided 6-2 win over Radu Albot 6-2 to seal Britain's win over Moldova in Sydney.
In the night session in Brisbane, Australian Nick Kyrgios returns to the field after a back problem and meets Tsitsipas.
Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Edited by Ed Osmond