Monte-Carlo Masters 2019: Shapovalov Crashes Out, Nadal to face Bautista Agut

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Things didn’t go as expected for Denis Shapovalov as he went down in the first round of the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters on his birthday.

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In a match that saw the Canadian serve 10 double-faults in the match, he went down to Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets, losing 7-5, 3-6, 1-6. What looked to be a good start for Shapovalov quickly turned out to be a damp squib as he lost control over his serves and backhand and went down in a hurry in the next two.

What this means is that Struff will now take on Grigor Dimitrov in the second round, who defeated Matteo Berrettini, 7-5, 6-4. Interestingly, Struff has made it to the third round on each of his previous campaigns at the Monte-Carlo Masters while Dimitrov was a semi-finalist last year.

Also in action was Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut who needed three sets to defeat Australia’s John Millman 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. He will now face the monumental task of playing Rafael Nadal in his second round, and will hope to take confidence from his wins against Novak Djokovic this season.

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