Denis Shapovalov will be losing points this week after crashing out early in Geneva having reached the final last year.
Ilya Ivahska is to blame as the Belarussian produced a very solid all-around effort to take down the Canadian in three sets. Shapovalov approached this match rather casually and it cost him early as Ivashka was able to break him. When Shapovalov finally found a rhythm it was Ivashka who was in control with a break up serving extremely well.
Shapovalov had a few semi-chances but he could never get over the serving of Ivashka which was both strong and precise. The 2nd set proved a bit better by Shapovalov as he was able to cruise in the majority of his games. His serve was on point, the forehand showed up and Ivashka calmed down a bit. Even so, neither player was able to find a breakthrough.
We went into the tiebreak and it was a horror one from Ivashka. He missed balls he allowed Shapovalov too much and the Canadian was able to take it with 7-2. The final set proved troublesome for Shapovalov as he once again reverted to the first set. Great at times but just not enough. His opponent took an early break and he did not let it go finishing it off with 6-3.