Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shapovalov Beats Galovic to Even Canada's Davis Cup Tie vs. Croatia at 1-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Shapovalov Beats Galovic to Even Canada's Davis Cup Tie vs. Croatia at 1-1

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Shapovalov evens Canada's Davis Cup tie

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OSIJEK, Croatia - Denis Shapovalov defeated Viktor Galovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Friday to even Canada's Davis Cup World Group tie against Croatia at 1-1.

The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., fired 10 aces, had 17 winners and won 83 per cent of his first service points as Canada rebounded after dropping its first match of the day.

The Canadian team began the best-of-five, first-round series with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 loss by Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil against Coric Borna. Pospisil filled in for Peter Polansky when the Toronto native was scratched.

In the later match, the 48th-ranked Shapovalov dispatched his 181st-ranked opponent in one hour 50 minutes. Shapovalov broke Galovic four times and held serve throughout.

"I felt very comfortable playing on clay -- I actually find that it is a surface that suits my game," said Shapovalov. "It was a great way for me to begin this Davis Cup tie and I am happy to have gotten a point for my team. …

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