A 249th-ranked qualifier toppled top seed Denis Shapovalov to spoil the Canadian’s debut on Thursday at the Swiss Open.
The second-round ambush on the clay at 1,050 metres by Czech Vit Kopriva sent the ATP No. 10 packing 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in less than two hours.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Shapovalov skipped the TokyoOlympics which begin on Saturday in order to play on summer European clay for the first time in his career.
The seed ended with 10 aces but committed 11 double-faults as the unfancied challenger advanced to the quarter-finals on a first match point.
Shapo’s luck in the Bernese Oberland was in contrast to his Geneva clay semi-final less than two months ago to Gstaad third-seed Casper Ruud, a Thursday winner over Denis Novak 6-4, 7-6(5).
Kopriva is making his ATP main draw debut this week and is the lowest-ranked player to beat a Top-10 opponent since No. 698 Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated No. 6 MIlos Raonic at 2017 London/Queen’s Club.
Main photo:- Czech Vit Kopriva beating Denis Shapovalov ©ATPTour.com