Denis Shapovalov Wins Maiden ATP Title in Stockholm

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ATP Stockholm proved to be a great hunting ground for young players once again. Just as Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first ATP title in Sweden’s capital last year, this year, it was a young Canadian Denis Shapovalov who lifted his maiden trophy on the pro circuit. The 20-year-old beat Filip Krajinović of Serbia in straight sets 6–4, 6–4.

On the road to the final, Shapovalov beat Popyrin, Stebe, and Sugita, all without dropping a set. On Sunday, he had to face the toughest opponent on the tournament yet because Krajinović was highly motivated to win his first ATP trophy as well.

It was apparent right from the start that Shapovalov’s aggressive game plan was too much for Krajinović to handle, as Denis made a break in the third game and held his serve relatively easy until the end of the first set.

The second set had a similar pattern, although Shapovalov couldn’t break that early. It was 4–4 when Krajinović placed a backhand in the middle of the net, giving the Canadian a chance to serve for the match. Denis did so without too much hassle, using his first out of three straight match points.

It means a lot to me. My team and I have put in a lot of work over the years, and it’s been a pretty big goal of ours to try and lift the title. I’m just super proud of me and my team, said Shapovalov after the match.

Shapovalov moved seven places on the ATP list and is now the 27th player in the world. The young Canadian is hoping to continue with his good form next week on the Paris Masters.

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