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Denis Shapovalov does not face break point in his second-round win against Marcel Granollers on Thursday.

Shapovalov Shines On Serve In Montpellier

Canadian does not face break point in straight-sets win

Denis Shapovalov got his campaign at the Open Sud de France off to a good start on Thursday, defeating Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6(1) to advance to the quarter-finals.

“Today was a really good match,” said Montpellier debutant Shapovalov on court after the match. “I think we were both serving well. It was tough to get a rhythm, but I’m very happy how I managed to play at the end.”

The #NextGenATP Canadian did not face break point and won 30 of 33 first-serve points in his one-hour, 22-minute victory. Once in rallies, Shapovalov had the match on his racquet, and his heavier weight of shot proved decisive on the big points.

In France, the 19-year-old hopes to maintain the momentum he gathered at the start of the year, as he was one of three teenagers to reach the third round of the Australian Open. While Shapovalov lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Canadian was one of just two players to take a set from the eventual champion (also Medvedev).

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The third-seeded wild card, who lost in the doubles quarter-finals with home favourite Hugo Nys on Wednesday, will next face seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert. who beat Ilya Ivashka 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Frenchman is in good form, beating two former Grand Slam semi-finalists (Chung & Querrey) to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Herbert also captured the doubles title in Melbourne with Nicolas Mahut.

“It’s definitely [going to be] tough,” Shapovalov said. “I’m ready for a battle.”

In other action, Moldovan Radu Albot beat Ernests Gulbis 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 34 minutes. Albot is into his fourth tour-level quarter-final, and he will face top seed Lucas Pouille or Marcos Baghdatis.

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Shapovalov is pursuing his maiden ATP Tour final and title this week. The World No. 25 advanced to the semi-finals in Delray Beach, Madrid and Tokyo last year.

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