Shapovalov upset by Fucsovics in 1st round of Australian Open

Ruben Hill
January 22, 2020

The racquet-throwing 13th seed became a surprise early casualty at the Australian Open yesterday when he went down to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-7-6 (9-7) 6-1 7-6 (7-3).

Ahead of the tournament, Shapovalov had castigated organizers for allowing qualifying to go ahead as players struggled amid thick bushfire smoke over Melbourne Park, and said he would decline to play if he felt his health was under threat. A Fucsovics double fault clinched the set for Shapovalov.

It was Fucsovics who regrouped quickly after the second set, breaking Shapovalov early and squandering the first chances that the Canadian had to break with pin-point play. Shapovalov got his serve back on track in the fourth set, however, winning his first two service games without surrendering a point.

Shapovalov avoided a match point but lost on the second with his 62nd unforced error. On the next serve, Fucsovics won the game. Against himself after he had driven a forehand past a running Fucsovics to tie the set 3-3.

He was still indignant an hour after his match, saying it was a "terrible call". "If I break it, I code for 100 percent", Shapovalov shouted to referee Renaud Lichtenstein.

Denis Shapovalov claimed because he didn't break his racquet, he shouldn't have received a code violation.

"I think Shapavalov tries to accelerate through the floor and you just can't do that".

Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, was in the crowd watching as the defending champion reeled off the last four games after dropping serve for the only time to beat Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4. "You're not doing your job". He said I kept doing it when he was going to code me, which is a awful decision. The Canadian took a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak but Fucsovics fought back and closed the match and create an upset on opening day.

Shapovalov spoke to reporters about his performance after the game. At the next point, Shapovalov threw the ball away for a 6-2 lead from Fucsovics.

"I feel like my game is there to beat any of the top guys, but of course there are so many great players out there and if I'm a little bit off, if I'm a little bit nervous anyone can beat me as well, so it's just about learning, going forward, and obviously it's a really disappointing one but there's nothing to do now but learn from it".

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