Denis Shapovalov downs Kei Nishikori at Mexican Open

Denis Shapovalov. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

ACAPLUCO, Mexico — Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the Mexican Open.

The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., fired 11 aces and won 78 per cent of his first-service points en route to victory over the 26th-ranked Nishikori.

Shapovalov, ranked 48th on the ATP standings, converted 5-of-9 break points and saved 9-of-10 break points of his own.

The match lasted two hours 16 minutes.

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