World No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov was full of praise for 16th-ranked Denis Shapovalov after beating the rising Canadian star in his opener at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Dimitrov, the 2019 Rotterdam runner-up, handed a straight-set defeat to No.
8 seed Shapovalov 6-3 7-6 (3) to set up a round-of-16 meeting against either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Jan-Lennard Struff. Dimitrov, 28, now has a 2-0 head-to-head record against 20-year-old Shapovalov as he also won the first meeting between two at the Toronto Masters in 2016.
Shapovalov made a strong end to his 2019 season as he won his maiden ATP title on the indoor hard courts of Stockholm, before finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final. "Denis is a quality player,” Dimitrov said of Shapovalov, per the ATP Tour.
“Indoors, he is very dangerous with his serve. A lefty. Very uncomfortable, but, in fact, I like to play against lefties a lot. I was trying to use every little opportunity that I had to make sure I seized those moments."