French Open

Shapovalov eases to victory on Roland Garros debut

2018-05-29 14:41
Denis Shapovalov (Getty)

Paris - Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov eased to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian John Millman in his first ever main-draw French Open match on Tuesday. 

The 19-year-old, who lost in Roland Garros qualifying last year but is now the 24th seed, was erratic at times but always had too much power for his opponent. 

He will next take on German world number 70 Maximilian Marterer for a place in the last 32. 

"The last couple of weeks I've been playing unbelievable on this surface," said Shapovalov. 

"For now, every win here is a bonus, but in the future, winning Roland Garros would be a dream come true for me." 

Shapovalov fell a break down in each of the first two sets, but his fearsome groundstrokes helped him fight back both times to take control of the match after a rain delay. 

The world number 25 quickly moved 3-1 ahead in the third set and wrapped up victory with a rapid service hold to love. 

It is the first time Shapovalov has been seeded at a Grand Slam tournament, after his run to the Madrid Masters semi-finals earlier this month saw him become the youngest player to break into the world's top 30 since 2005.

Results from day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9)

Guido Pella (ARG) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt John Millman (AUS) 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 7-5

Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) bt Yuki Bhambri (IND) 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

Jurgen Zopp (EST) bt Jack Sock (USA x14) 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x28) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)

Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Kevin Anderson (RSA x6) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x3) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA x25) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-2

Fabio Fognini (ITA x18) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Elias Ymer (SWE) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-1

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

Kyle Edmund (GBR x16) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

John Isner (USA x9) bt Noah Rubin (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (9/7)

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-2

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x5) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Women

First round

Taylor Townsend (USA) bt Myrtille Georges (FRA) 6-4, 6-2

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-4, 6-3

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x24) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Elise Mertens (BEL x16) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (7/4), 6-0

Angelique Kerber (GER x12) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-2, 6-3

Ana Bogdan (ROU) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Denisa Allertova (CZE) 6-4, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED x18) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-2, 6-1

Zhang Shuai (CHN x27) bt Kristna Kucova (SVK) 6-0, 7-5

Irina Camelia Begu (ROU) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4, 5-7, 9-7

Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-3, 6-4

Caroline Garcia (FRA x7) bt Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 6-1, 6-0

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 7-6 (7/0), 6-2

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Carina Witthoeft (GER) 6-4, 6-2

Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-2, 6-4

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x30) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)

Julia Goerges (GER x11) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Isabelle Wallace (AUS) 6-1, 6-0

Serena Williams (USA) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x17) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-3, 6-1

Maria Sharapova (RUS x28) bt Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

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