SYDNEY (Reuters) – Denis Shapovalov won the battle of the next generation against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to help Canada to an emphatic 3-0 victory in the inaugural ATP Cup men’s team event in Brisbane on Friday.
Shapovalov, the baby-faced 20-year-old left-hander, gave Canada an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie with a 7-6(6) 7-6(4) win over world number six Tsitsipas at the Patrick Rafter Arena.
The $15 million ATP Cup, which features 24 nations competing in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days, is a solid platform for the world’s top players to prepare for this month’s Australian Open.
German Alexander Zverev started brightly by going two breaks up against Australian number one Alex de Minaur in the opening set but suffered a spectacular meltdown to lose 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2 as Australia sealed the tie.
As the match progressed, De Minaur, 20, used his attritional tennis and never-say-die attitude to frustrate Zverev, who smashed his racket seven times in the second set in…
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