ATP Stockholm: Denis Shapovalov downs Krajinovic to lift first ATP crown


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ATP Stockholm: Denis Shapovalov downs Krajinovic to lift first ATP crown

Competing in Stockholm as the 4th seed, Denis Shapovalov has finally managed to break the spell and advance into the first ATP final after seven straight losses on the penultimate step before the title clash. There, he defeated another player who fought for the maiden ATP title Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 24 minutes for the first success on the Tour, becoming the second player born in 1999 with an ATP crown after Alex de Minaur.

Denis played well during the entire week and was the better player today as well, dropping 12 points in ten service games and fending off the only break point he faced to mount the pressure on Krajinovic who wasn't able to deal with it.

The Serb served at 77% but his shots were not there today, offering Denis eight break chances and losing serve once in each set to finish runner-up for the third time in as many finals. Shapovalov grabbed a break in the third game of the encounter when Krajinoic hit a costly double fault, cementing the break with four winners in game four and missing another break chance in the next game that could have sent him further in front.

Filip saved that one and had to work hard in games seven and nine as well to remain within one break deficit, unable to do much on the return and allowing Denis to seal the opener with three winners in game ten for a 6-4 and a boost of confidence ahead of set number two.

There, he had to repel that lone break point in the fourth game and kept the pressure on Krajinovic, squandering three opportunities for a break in the next game and delivering commanding holds in games six and eight to lock the result at 4-4.

Serving in that ninth game, Krajinovic suffered a break when his backhand landed in the net and that was all Shapovalov needed to seal the deal with three winners in the tenth game, starting a massive celebration of his first out of many ATP titles.