Denis Shapovalov 'frustrated' with himself after Benoit Paire loss



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Denis Shapovalov 'frustrated' with himself after Benoit Paire loss

World No. 10 Denis Shapovalov couldn't hide his frustration after losing to 50th-ranked Benoit Paire at the Cincinnati Masters. Shapovalov, seeded at No. 6, entered the match as the big favorite to beat Paire but the Frenchman claimed a shock 6-3 4-6 7-5 to progress into the Cincinnati round-of-16.

Shapovalov was up by a break twice in the third set but he failed to capitalize on it. Shapovalov also had a chance to break Paire in the 11th game of the third set but he failed to convert any of his two break point opportunities.

In the 12th game, missed out on five game points as Paire broke to seal the win. "I beat myself," Shapovalov said, per Mark Masters.

Shapovalov to make some changes

"Today was pretty terrible so just going to review with my team & see what changes I can make ...

I need to change my game," Shapovalov said. After beating Shapovalov, Paire couldn't hide his happiness. Earlier this year, Paire went on a seven-match losing streak. "I heard a lot that I was no longer a tennis player:' 'Paire this, Paire that.'

'Now that tennis is back to normal (less bubbles), I managed to beat a top 10," Paire told L'Equipe, as revealed on We Love Tennis France. Shapovalov made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon but since then his form has gone downhill.

Shapovalov is now on a three-match losing streak as he also lost his openers in Gstaad and the Toronto Masters. “I’m super excited, the momentum is great from Wimbledon and I just feel like the past couple of months my game level has improved a couple more steps up,” Shapovalov said before his Toronto campaign.

“I just feel like a confident player right now, I feel like I’m able to compete with anyone. I feel like I’m becoming a really big threat. Those are definitely super positive things for me."