Denis Shapovalov downs Krajinovic to lift first ATP crown — ATP Stockholm

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Competing in Stockholm as the 4th seed, Denis Shapovalov has finally managed to break the spell and advance into the first ATP final after seven straight losses on the penultimate step before the title clash. Shapovalov, though, was equal to the increased pressure, and the Canadian won 100 percent of his first serves to keep Krajinovic on the back foot.

The title victory caps off a week in which Shapovalov also qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals, which showcases the top 21-and-under players in the world.

It was all Shapovalov in the first set as he rifled off service victor after service victor, not allowing Krajinovic any looks on serve and pressuring the Serbian in almost every one of his own service games. After breaking early in the third game of the match, the 20-year-old held on to the lead easily to claim the set in 37 minutes.

It marked the first time Shapovalov had ever faced the No. 60-ranked Krajinovic.

Canada's Shapovalov was commanding throughout the week in Stockholm, not dropping a single set and winning 110 of 119 first-serve points en route to his maiden championship.

Serving in that ninth game, Krajinovic suffered a break when his backhand landed in the net and that was all Shapovalov needed to seal the deal with three winners in the tenth game, starting a massive celebration of his first out of many ATP titles.

Up next for Shapovalov is the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, where he faces off against Pablo Carreño Busta in the first round.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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