Denis Shapovalov classy in defeat, posts message after losing Seoul final



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Denis Shapovalov classy in defeat, posts message after losing Seoul final

Denis Shapovalov showed class after suffering a surprise defeat in the Seoul final as he congratulated Yoshihito Nishioka on the performance he delivered and encouraged him to keep up with great tennis. In the Seoul final, Nishioka upset fourth-seeded Shapovalov 6-4 7-6 (5).

Shapovalov, who hasn't really had a great season, was playing his first ATP final of the year. Shapovalov was the favorite to beat Nishioka but failed to deliver in the final. "Tough one today but steps forward!

Thanks so much for your support, means the world to me. And huge congrats @yoshihitotennis, playing great tennis. Keep going," Shapovalov wrote on Twitter.

Shapovalov enjoyed his time at the inaugural Korea Open

En route to reaching the Seoul final, Shapovalov won three matches.

After a first-round bye, Shapovalov defeated Jaume Munar, Radu Albot, and Jenson Brooksby. Shapovalov didn't beat Nishioka for his first ATP title of the year but still enjoyed his week. "Really enjoyed my first time in Seoul, it was such a special week.

To all the fans here that made me feel at home, I appreciate all the love and hope to see you again soon," Shapovalov added.

Shapovalov had his chances against Nishioka but just didn't convert. After saving three break points in the fourth game, Shapovalov had three consecutive break points on Nishioka's serve in the seventh game.

Shapovalov paid the price for not realizing any of his three consecutive break point chances as Nishioka earned the first break of the match in the 10th game when the Canadian was serving to stay in the first set. After losing the first set, Shapovalov made a good start to the second as he claimed an early break and opened a 3-1 lead.

But Shapovalov's lead was short-lived as Nishioka broke back in the sixth game and the set eventually went into a tie-break. In the tie-break, Shapovalov found himself down 4-1 and there was no coming back as Nishioka realized his second match point to complete a two-set win.