Superb Shapovalov captures maiden crown at Stockholm Open
STOCKHOLM – Canada's Denis Shapovalov captured his maiden ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open on Sunday, easing past Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-4 in the final.
Despite two victories over top-10 opponents in his career, a first trophy had proved elusive for the 20-year-old but Shapovalov was not to be denied by his Serbian opponent who was on a similar quest.
Shapovalov triumphed in style, sending down 16 aces and losing two points on his first serve while saving the only breakpoint he faced in the one-sided, 84-minute contest.
The world number 34 follows in the footsteps of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lifted the Stockholm trophy for his first tour-level title as a 20-year-old last year.
Tsitsipas was Shapovalov's second top-10 victim, at the Miami Open earlier this year, following a stunning three-sets victory over Rafa Nadal at the Rogers Cup two years ago to announce himself on the big stage.
First of Denis. First of many.— Intrum StockholmOpen (@IntrumSthlmOpen) October 20, 2019
Denis Shapovalov clinches his maiden @ATPTour title with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Filip Krajinovic! 🏆
After Tsitsipas last year, Stockholm crowns another 20-year-old #NextGenATP star 🌟 #SthlmOpen | @Denis_Shapo pic.twitter.com/ne9zNXeDTL
Shapovalov will look to carry his good form into the 21-and-under Next Gen ATP Finals starting on November 5 in Milan.Reuters