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Shapovalov lone Canadian men’s player through to 2nd round at French Open


Denis Shapovalov, No. 9 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat French veteran Gilles Simon 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Tuesday at the clay-court Grand Slam.

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates after winning a point against France’s Gilles Simon during their men’s singles first round match at the French Open on Tuesday. (Michel Euler/The Associated Press)

Denis Shapovalov is the lone Canadian male heading to the second round of the French Open.

Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil lost 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 to No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy earlier Tuesday, while Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Toronto’s Steven Diez dropped first-round matches on Monday.

While Shapovalov prefers hard courts, he is coming off a run to the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1000 Italian Open clay-court event, vaulting the Canadian into the top 10 for the first time in his career.

WATCH | Denis Shapovalov advances to French Open second round:

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. beats Gilles Simon of France 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. 2:18

Earlier this month, Shapovalov, 21, advanced to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.

Shapovalov will face world No. 101 Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in the second round of the French Open.

Pospisil, meanwhile, is now 0-7 lifetime in singles play at the French Open.

WATCH | Vasek Pospisil’s struggles continue in Paris:

Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil falls to 7th seed Matteo Berrettini in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. 1:15

The Vancouver player advanced to the round of 16 at this year’s U.S. Open.

Bouchard faces Australia’s Daria Gavrilova on Wednesday.

WATCH | Leylah Annie Fernandez advances after comeback:

18-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., defeats Magda Linette of Poland 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. 1:34

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