Joao Sousa of Portugal capitalized on 78 unforced errors and eight double faults by seventh-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
It was the first match of the year for both players and the final tuneup for the Australian Open, which opens Jan. 14.
Opening-round - Matches - American - Taylor - Fritz
In earlier opening-round matches, American Taylor Fritz advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Marius Copil of Romania. Another American, Tennys Sandgren, defeated Maximilian Marterer of Germany 6-3, 6-4, and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany moved on when Laslo Dere of Serbia retired two games into the second set.
Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-2; Italian Matteo Berrettini topped Mackenzie McDonald of the United States 6-3, 6-4; and Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 7-6 (2).
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