Shapovalov opens season with a loss at ASB Classic
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2019 07:57 AM
FILE - Canada's Denis Shapovalov returns a ball from Germany's Alexander Zverev during a Madrid Open tennis tournament semifinal match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Zverev won 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Denis Shapovalov opened his season with a loss on Monday, falling to Joao Sousa 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the ASB Classic.
The seventh-seeded Canadian, who is considered to be a rising star on the ATP Tour, made 78 unforced errors and finished with eight double-faults. Sousa had 46 unforced errors.
"Denis is a great player and I knew he was playing great tennis," Sousa said. "It was the first match of the year for both of us, which is not easy."