Denis Shapovalov fell to Fritz, knocked out in the second round of the Mexican Open

Published March 2, 2023 11:10 a.m. ET

Denis Shapovalov serves Taylor Fritz at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, on March 1, 2023. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

ACAPULCO, MEXICO — Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov lost 6-4, 6-4 in the second round to American Taylor Fritz at the Mexican Open Wednesday.

After going 2-1 in the opening set, Shapovalov lost the next three games. Fritz kept his Richmond Hill, Ont. native from then on, as Shapovalov only played in one game before dropping the set.

In the second set, Fritz jumped to a 5-1 lead. Shapovalov’s forced error led to deuce, where Fritz took advantage with the winner and went on to win his fifth game with another forced error from the Canadian.

Shapovalov won the next three games, however, with the third seeing Fritz go pointless but commit four consecutive forced errors.

Fritz returned the favor in the next game, closing out the match by holding Shapovalov to no point.

Shapovalov fired five aces, won 78 percent of first serve points and converted 1 of 2 break point opportunities.

Fritz, the third seed in the tournament, hit seven aces and won 97 percent of his first serve points. He also went 3-of-5 on break point opportunities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2023

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