Denis Shapovalov added his name to the list of first-time champions this year by beating Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4 in the Stockholm final.
“I am definitely super happy and just really proud,” said Shapovalov. “Me and my team have worked really hard to get into this position of lifting a title, so I am really proud of myself and proud of my team right now.”
Playing in his first career final, the 20-year-old Canadian didn’t drop a set all week. And in the final, he broke the Serb early in the first and then at 4-all in the second before serving it out.
“I told myself as long as I keep taking care of my serve I will be okay,” said Shapovalov. “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.”
Shapovalov becomes the 15th first-time winner on the ATP, and follows 2018 champ Stefanos Tsitsipas as players to win their first trophy in Stockholm.
”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,” said Shapovalov. “I have seen all the amazing names up on the board, so it will be nice to see my name up there as well.”
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