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MON­TREAL — Cana­dian De­nis Shapo­valov ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment Tues­day af­ter ral­ly­ing to de­feat Roge­rio Du­tra Silva of Brazil, 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

The 143rd-ranked Shapo­valov got bet­ter as the match pro­gressed, need­ing two hours 26 min­utes to up­set the 64th-ranked Du­tra Silva.

On triple match point, Shapo­valov’s serve hand­cuffed Du­tra Silva. The 18-year-old dropped his racket and threw his arms.

Shapo­valov’s vic­tory looked un­likely af­ter he was bro­ken twice in the 41-minute first set. The Rich­mond Hill na­tive’s ser­vice game was his un­do­ing to start the match.

Shapo­valov’s first serve reg­u­larly-clocked in at over 200 kilo­me­tres per hour, but it lacked the ac­cu­racy to be ef­fec­tive. The Cana­dian had an abysmal first-serve suc­cess rate of 40 per cent in the open­ing set. But as his serve im­proved, so did his con­fi­dence.

It’s the sec­ond-straight year that Shapo­valov has ad­vanced into the tour­na­ment’s sec­ond round, af­ter beat­ing Nick Kyr­gios dur­ing his open­ing match in 2016 in Toronto.

The win is Shapo­valov’s first on hard court this year (1-3). It’s also just his sec­ond vic­tory on the ATP world tour in 2017. He’ll now face Juan Martin del Potro of Ar­gentina, ranked No. 31, in the sec­ond round.

The open­ing match was sup­posed to fea­ture 10th-ranked To­mas Berdych, but he pulled out with a rib in­jury. Berdych’s with­drawal ended a streak of 12 con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in Canada for the Czech.

“I am sorry I have to apol­o­gize (to) all my Mon­treal fans,” tweeted Berdych. “I couldn’t play, be­cause of my rib dis­func­tion I need to get well to go to of­fice soon!!”

No. 85 Ernesto Es­cobedo took his spot and up­set 63rd-ranked Nikoloz Basi­lashvili 7-6(4), 6-4.

Borna Coric eas­ily de­feated Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-4 to set up a meet­ing with Rafael Nadal in the sec­ond round.

Mi­los Raonic from Thorn­hill was ini­tially sched­uled to play his open­ing match on Tues­day, but a mi­nor in­jury forced him to post­pone it to Wed­nes­day. He faces France’s Adrian Man­nar­ino.


Canada’s De­nis Shapo­valov cel­e­brates af­ter beat­ing Roge­rio Du­tra Silva of Brazil at the Rogers Cup on Tues­day.

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