Novak Djokovic praises Denis Shapovalov after ATP Cup thriller


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Novak Djokovic praises Denis Shapovalov after ATP Cup thriller

Serbia's Novak Djokovic showed his class after edging out world No. 14 Denis Shapovalov in an ATP Cup thriller, which lasted over two and a half hours. Djokovic, ranked at No. 2 in the world, used all of his experience to beat the 20-year-old 4-6 6-1 7-6 (4) and clinch the key win for his side in their quarterfinal tie against Canada.

In the opening rubber of the tie, Serbian world No. 34 Dusan Lajovic saw off 21st-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2 to put Djokovic in a position to close out the tie in the second rubber. "It was an amazing match.

One of the closest matches I've played against Denis. It was very even match. He played fantastic, very aggressive, served great. We fought both until the last shot," Djokovic said after the match, per the ATP Cup. Djokovic claimed the first break of the third set in the ninth game but surprisingly failed to serve out for the match in the following game.

Luckily for the Serb, he didn't pay the price for missing out on a golden opportunity in the 10th game as he controlled the tie-break from the beginning until the end to complete a comeback win over Shapovalov.