Denis Shapovalov dismissed Frances Tiafoe in straight sets, 6-4 6-2, to reach the second round a book a clash against Novak Djokovic. The Canadian already faced the Serb earlier this year at the Rome Open losing in straight sets.
"The start of the match was really important and I was trying to step up from the first game. I think the first game helped me find a rhythm on his serve", said Shapovalov analyzing his win. On his match against Djokovic, the 20-year-old continued: "He's beaten me twice so there's not much for me to lose, so I'll just go out there and enjoy myself.
I'll go out there and give it all I have. It's going to be a tough one, but I have a great game and I think I have a chance to beat him." On the Hurricane Dorian devastating The Bahamas where Shapovalov lives, he concluded: "Obviously it's terrible what has happened to the Bahamas.
I'm going to try to see what I can do to give back." The local player Zhang Ze said: "I think this is probably the only chance every year for us to watch and learn up close from the very best in the business and try to absorb everything and improve our own games."