However, Canadian Denis Shapovalov, author of an excellent course at the Seoul tennis tournament, could not finish the job in the final, he was defeated by Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (5). Saturday.
The 23-year-old tennis player, the fourth seed in South Korea, was broken just twice in eight cases. However, he had his serve stolen at his worst moment as Nishioka was able to win the first set with a ball sent into the net by Shapovalov when he was 5-4 down.
The 24th-ranked ATP player started the second set strongly by taking a 3-1 lead, but the Japanese showed character, coming from behind and forcing the tiebreak.
Armed with his powerful first serve, the Canadian won 80% of the rallies when he put it in play, but those five aces were nullified by his six double faults. His opponent’s consistency finally smiled at him.
“I think my second leg was very good today. [dimanche] supported Nishioka after the game, according to the ATP website. I know he has a big serve and a good forehand, but I didn’t have to stop there. The only thing I thought about was returning a lot of balls to him and putting pressure on him if I had the opportunity.
Shapovalov said he had no answer against the 56th player in the world. The latter added good opponents like Casper Ruud and Daniel Evans to his list throughout the week.
“You are playing fantastic this year. They are very annoying, Shapovalov joked during the trophies presentation. It was super frustrating for me, I was trying to find solutions and doing everything I could.
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