World News – CA – Canada’s Denis Shapovalov loses to Rodionov in Vienna Open first round – SportsnetCalifornia

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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is out of the Vienna Open after suffering a first-round loss to a player with only one previous victory in the ATP Round Level

Austria’s wild card Jurij Rodionov, ranked 153rd in the world, beat eighth seed Shapovalov 6-4, 7-5 on Monday in the ATP 500 hard test

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has now lost in his first game in the last two tournaments The 21-year-old is ranked 12th in the world after making the top 10 for the first time in his career plus early this year

Shapovalov won just 38% of his points on second serve, well below Rodiovov’s 68% clip in the same category

Qualifier Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver will face Montrealer Felix Auger-Aliassime in an all-Canadian first-round game on Wednesday

Auger-Aliassime, after finishing second and semi-final of two tournaments in Germany, has won the three previous meetings against Pospisil

Andrey Rublev started his quest for a fifth ATP title of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Norbert Gombos at the Erste Bank Open on Monday

Eighth Rublev made 11 aces and never faced a breaking point against his Slovak opponent, who had won their only previous encounter on hard ground four years ago

After his recent tournaments won in Hamburg and St Petersburg, Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only players with four titles in the shortened 2020 season

Headlining the event in Austria, Djokovic is set to face Filip Krajinovic in an all-Serbian opener on Tuesday

Djokovic, who won the event in his last appearance here in 2007, would meet Borna Coric in the second round

Two victories would guarantee Djokovic the end of the year No 1 place for a sixth season, equal to the record set by Pete Sampras in the 1990s

Coric, who lost the St. Petersburg final to Rublev last week, beat Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4 after the American had 12 aces but lost his serve at 4-4 in both sets

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