an impressive showing by the canadian contingent at the shanghai Masters took another step in the right direction on tuesday as Felix Auger-aliassime and Vasek Pospisil claimed victories.
Montreal’s augeraliassime was leading Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 7-6(5), 4-0 when the latter player retired from the match.
Vancouver’s Pospisil won his second match in as many days, claiming a 6-3, 7-5 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the second round.
Pospisil will climb 59 spots in the rankings after opening the week at world no. 248.
the 29-year-old canuck will face no. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev of russia in the third round.
auger-aliassime, 19, is ranked a career-high 19th this week. He’ll face no. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the second round.
Denis Shapovalov of richmond Hill, Ont., will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic of serbia in the second round on Wednesday.
MURRAY: ‘Shut up’
Former world no. 1 Andy Murray told Fabio Fognini to “shut up” before losing to the fiery Italian 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(2) in an ill-tempered second-round clash at the shanghai Masters.
Murray, 32, lost a tetchy battle with the world no. 12 in which the briton twice failed to serve out the match.
He confronted Fognini at the net, accusing the Italian of making a noise to put him off when he was playing a shot.
ST. LOUIS gets classic
the champions tour is coming to the st. Louis area in 2020.
the tour announced a four-year partnership on tuesday with ascension, a leading nonprofit catholic health system.
the ascension charity classic will debut sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020, at norwood Hills country club in north county, Mo.