Denis Shapovalov will end the season stuck on 12th after his attempt to once again crack the ranking Top 10 was blunted on Tuesday by a loss at the ATP event in Sofia.
The Canadian top seed went down in the second round to Radu Albot 6-2, 6-4 less than two months after reaching 10th in the world from a Rome semi-final prior to Roland Garros.
Compatriot Vasek Pospisil prevented a whitewash on the day for Canada as he defeated fourth seed Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 6-4.
Shapovalov had been hoping to roll into 2021 inside the elite ATP grouping, but No. 93 Albot had other plans as he reached his second quarter-final of this COVID-afflicted season.
Shapovalov made a hash of his first time as a top seed and missed out on a sixth quarter-final of 2020 after going out in 75 minutes after losing his seve three times.
Albot, the 94th-ranked outsider from Moldova, who lost his first seven matches this season, is into his second quarter-final this season after the 75-minute upset.
Albot last defeated a Top 20 player in August, 2019, putting out former US Open champion Marin Cilic (ranked 18th).
Italian Jannik Sinner, an early winner against Marton Fucsovic 6-2, 6-4 in the first round, now stands 15-11 this season.
The teenager saved a match point in the second set and broke in the final game to ensure the win.
“For everyone, first-round matches are not easy,” he said. “I tried to be solid. In the beginning of the match.
“We were both playing quite well and moving well… In the second set, I was a break up and he recovered. It was just two or three points in each set that decided the match.”
Main photo:- Radu Albot wins in Sofia by ATP Tour.com