Canadian duo eliminated in doubles play, now peers ahead to singles competition

In tough, but intimidated against a couple of savvy foes?

“Not at all,” Denis Shapovalov said after he and fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime lost their doubles match against Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2 on Monday night.

“We let it slip a bit. Our game was there, but we weren’t intimidated at all. It’s good preparation.”

The Canadians, competing on a wild-card entry, both indicated they would take the experience and use it in a positive manner. The match was played on the grandstand court before a packed house of 3,500. Both get their singles matches underway on Tuesday — Auger-Aliassime, playing on a wild card, will meet No. 18 Lucas Pouille of France during the day; Shapovalov, ranked No. 26 in the world, will meet No. 46 Jeremy Chardy of France at night. Both matches are scheduled to take place on centre court.

Shapovalov is looking for further success on home soil after stunning Rafael Nadal in Montreal last summer, the upset victory regarded as one of the biggest wins in the history of Canadian tennis.

“I feel good,” Shapovalov said. “I’ve been playing really the last couple of weeks, and I’m very confident going into this tournament. And I feel like the crowd is going to help me out.”

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies