Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime have second round upsets in Madrid

Denis Shapovalov (Si Robi, Wikimedia Commons)

Denis Shapovalov of Toronto, Ontario, and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal, Quebec both came through with second round upsets at the 2024 Madrid Masters in Spain. On Friday, Shapovalov, the 132nd ranked player in the world, upset the 27th ranked player in the world, Tomas Martin Etcheverry of Argentina, 7-6, 6-3. Then on Saturday, Auger-Aliassime, the 35th ranked player in the world, upset the 20th ranked player in the world, Adrian Mannarino of France, 6-0, 6-4.

In Shapovalov’s win, he had eight aces, compared to only one for Etcheverry. Shapovalov also broke Etcheverry three times.

In Auger-Aliassime’s win over Mannarino, it was as close to being a perfect first set for Auger-Aliassime, as human possible. He won 25 of a possible 32 points in winning all six games. Auger-Aliassime also broke Mannarino four times in seven opportunities, while Mannarino did not have a break point chance.

In round three, Shapovalov will face reigning Olympic gold medalist, the 2020 United States Open finalist and fourth seed, Alexander Zverev of Germany on Sunday. Head-to-head, Zverev has won five of eight meetings. Shapovalov’s wins came in the third round of the 2019 Paris Indoor (6-2, 5-7, 6-2), the round robin of the 2020 ATP Cup in Brisbane, Australia (6-2, 6-2), and the fourth round of the 2022 Australian Open (6-3, 7-6, 6-3). Auger-Aliassime will next face Jakub Mensik of the Czech Republic on Monday in the third round. This will be their first meeting.



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