ATP Rome: Denis Shapovalov and Fernando Verdasco end doubles campaign

Tennis: Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were too much for Shapovalov and Verdasco.

by Dzevad Mesic
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ATP Rome: Denis Shapovalov and Fernando Verdasco end doubles campaign

Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco's doubles campaign at the Rome Masters has come to an end with a round-of-16 defeat. Shapovalov, 20, and 35-year-old Verdasco couldn't surprise fifth-seeded Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic as the 2018 Australian Open champions claimed a 6-3 7-6 (4) win.

Marach and Pavic made a great start to the match, having broken Shapovalov and Verdasco in the opening game of the match. Shapovalov and Verdasco saved a break point in the third and seventh game but got broken once again in the ninth game when they were serving to stay in the first set.

Shapovalov and Verdasco saved a match point in the 10th game and one more match point in the 12th game to force a second-set tie-break. Shapovalov and Verdasco saved one more match point in the tie-break but couldn't save the fourth as the fifth-seeded due sealed a win in an hour and 15 minutes of play.

Marach and Pavic won 80 percent of their first serve points, realized 2-of-7 of their break point chances and saved the lone break point chance they faced during the match. Also, Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman's have concluded their doubles campaign in the round-of-16.

Pella and Schwartzman never clashed against No. 8 seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers as Schwartzman withdrew due to fatigue.

Denis Shapovalov Fernando Verdasco Oliver Marach
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