Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov said it was amazing to become the first Canadian winner at the Stockholm Open after claiming his maiden ATP title at the Swedish ATP 250 event. The 20-year-old Canadian, who was playing his first ATP final, beat 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic -- who is now 0/3 in his three finals played.
No. 4 seed Shapovalov broke Filip Krajinovic once in each set and saved the lone break point he faced en route to earning a 6-4 6-4 win in the Stockholm final. "This tournament started the year my mom was born, so it has got a great history and it is amazing to be the first Canadian to win it,” Shapovalov said, after the final, per the ATP website.
“I have seen all the amazing names up on the board, so it will be nice to see my name up there as well." Shapovalov failed to convert any of his three break point chances in the fifth game of the second set but he claimed the key break a couple of games when he broke Krajinovic in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead.
"I told myself as long as I keep taking care of my serve I will be okay,” Shapovalov added. “In the second set, it was a little bit tough. I had a lot of deuce games on his serve and I wasn’t able to convert. I just kept fighting and stayed patient. Sooner or later I was able to get the break."