Shapovalov struggled with the accuracy of his serve, scoring only 57% of his first serves and committing eight double faults.
“I started well, but my opponent then managed to improve his game,” said Shapovalov. This sometimes happens. I think it was a great game and we both played really well. ”
WATCH | Shapovalov only converts a single breakpoint chance in the semi-final:
The 21-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., Also didn’t make the most of his chances, converting only one of six breakpoint opportunities.
“At first I lost my attention during my serve, then Andrey started to play better,” Shapovalov said. “He’s really in good shape now. If you give him a chance, like I gave it today, he will take it.
“I had a chance today in the third set to take a break, but I didn’t use it, then he just played well. “
High-profile Canadian records 18 aces
Rublev was slightly better on serve, winning 70% of serve points against 67% for Shapovalov, but the Russian only committed two double faults and managed two of his five breakpoint chances.
With the victory, Rublev tied his all-time record against Shapovalov at 2-2.
WATCH | Raonic abandons his first career match against Borna Coric:
Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., Crossed the first round against Coric to quickly take the lead in their semi-final before the Croats returned to win the game.
The great 29-year-old Canadian had 18 aces to four for Coric, but Raonic saved just two of the five break points he faced. Coric saved six out of eight.
The all-time streak between Coric and Raonic is now even at one win apiece.