Shapovalov Wins Maiden Title in Stockholm; Rublev Triumphs at Moscow Open; Murray Claims Antwerp Title

published: Oct, 20, 2019

by: Nima Naderi

Intrum Stockholm Open—Stockholm, Sweden

Canadian Denis Shapovalov won his maiden ATP Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden, defeating Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4. Needing one hour 24 minutes to seal his title, Shapovalov won 93 percent of his first serve points, hit 16 aces and broke serve on two of eight chances.

Never playing each other on Tour, Shapovalov proved that his high-intensity baseline game was too much for his more experienced opponent. Gaining 230 points from his second round performance of last year, Shapovalov will move to approximately No. 24 in the world on Monday’s rankings.

Krajinovic, who was in search of his first-career title, fell to 0-3 in championship matches. The 27-year-old lost in the finals of the ATP event in Budapest earlier this year, as well as the finals of the Paris Masters in 2017.

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VTB Kremlin Cup—Moscow, Russia

Hometown favorite Andrey Rublev raced to his second ATP Tour on Sunday in Moscow, Russia, upending Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0. Displaying his ruthless forehand in front of a supportive crowd, Rublev broke early in set one and never looked back. Reaching the finals in Hamburg, Germany earlier in the Summer, Rublev also advanced to the fourth-round of the US Open.

The Russian, who lost in the first round of Moscow last year, will move up nine spots to No. 22 in the world.

Mannarino, who won his first-career title earlier this year in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, fell to 1-8 in championship matches.

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European Open—Antwerp, Belgium

In a battle of former three-time Major winners, Andy Murray notched his 46th career title in dramatic fashion on Sunday, dismissing Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Antwerp, Belgium. Undergoing major hip surgery earlier this year, Murray overcame the loss of the first set to mount his incredible comeback. Needing two hours and 27 minutes to win the match, Murray hit nine aces, won 73 percent of his first serve points and broke serve on five occasions.

Currently ranked No. 243 in the world, Murray will move to approximately No. 126 when Monday’s rankings are released.

Wawrinka, who is also working his way back to his best after a knee injury, last won a Tour event in Geneva, Switzerland back in 2017. Wawrinka is currently ranked No. 18 in the world.

Nima Naderi

http://www.tennisconnected.com

Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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