Denis Shapovalov blamed Tuesday’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 first-round Madrid Masters defeat on mental errors as he faced the big game of Alexander Bublik.
The Canadian who lost in his opening match as top seed last week in Portugal, was far from pleased with his most recent clay loss, marred by 14 double faults.
“It’s not so much of my game not working – it’s more mental… like throwing in five doubles in one game,
“It’s completely mental, the mistakes, missing overheads, like the whole court.
“I’m doing everything to win these points and I’m playing well. But your level definitely drops when you start missing like this.”
The frustrated Canadian added: “I think I just lost myself today.”
“Right now I need a beer. I just have to get over this moment.”
Main photo:- Alexander Bublik beating Shapovalov in Madrid today – by Corinne Dubreuil /ATPTour.com