ATP: Denis Shapovalov loses to Benjamin Bonzi in the round of 16 in Mallorca


Canadian Denis Shapovalov clearly lost 6-4, 6-1 to Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in the round of 16 of the Mallorca Open on Wednesday.

Shapovalov, the third seed of the tournament, lowered the flag in front of the 56th racket in the world after an hour and seven minutes of play on the Spanish lawn.

It was the first match of the 16th player in the world, who had a farewell in the first round of this tournament.

Shapovalov has lost his first match in five consecutive tournaments (Mallorca, London, Stuttgart, Paris and Geneva).

The 23-year-old from Ontario was messy for much of the game, most notably by committing six double fouls, against just two of his opponent. Bonzi also surpassed the Maple Leaf rep with his first service.

The tennis player from Richmond Hills, Ontario, lacked opportunism; he only converted one of his nine break points. By comparison, the Frenchman made four breaks in five attempts.

Shapovalov’s latest victory was six weeks ago, when he stunned Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at the Rome Masters.

Bonzi will face German Daniel Altmaier in the quarter-finals, who defeated Argentine Sebastian Baez 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 for the eighth seed of the tournament.

Nick Kyrgios has instead withdrawn from the tournament due to an abdominal injury, indicating in passing that he did not want to aggravate the injury on the eve of Wimbledon.

The Australian, 45th player in the world, confirmed his decision before the round of 16 match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

“I’ve been playing some tough games lately and sadly this morning I woke up with pain in my abdomen. I immediately visited the tournament doctor and he advised me not to play tonight, explained Kyrgios. I’ll follow his advice, as I don’t want to risk losing Wimbledon next week. “

It took Kyrgios over two hours to overtake Laslo Djere 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1) in the previous round.

The Australian was one of Mallorca’s headliners, along with favorites Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas started his tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ilya Ivashka, never facing a break point.

“After the first serve, I found my sensations and I mastered it better, explained the Greek. My opponent had a lot of difficulty adjusting afterwards. My game was fine. This is what I wanted to accomplish today. It was a good match, from start to finish. “

Tsitsipas, the sixth seeded, will face American Marcos Giron in the next round, who defeated his compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Medvedev began his evening run by eliminating Aslan Karatsev 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The Russian will face Bautista Agut in the next round.

Medvedev will not take part in Wimbledon this year following the All England Club’s decision to ban all Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament due to the invasion of Ukraine. Medvedev has lost his last two finals on grass.

The Mallorca Open serves as a preparatory tournament for Wimbledon, which kicks off on 27 June.


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