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Once again Rublev wins the mental battle. Shapovalov was comfortably outhitting him but had an epic brainfart at 1-2 in the second set getting broken from 40-0 up with FOUR double faults. Rublev started playing with more belief and broke Shapo again in the third with a bunch of great deep returns. An overly active fan distracted Denis before the 2nd serve on BP, true, but as a wannabe top player he should be able to shake any noise off as long as it's not during the point. Great win for Rubble, forcing his way into top 8 with a roar.
 

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As expected really. Rublev is just the better and overall more consistent player at this stage of their careers. Shapovalov is capable of some great highs, but he just loses focus a bit too often to beat someone of Rublev's caliber right now (especially playing the way he is at the moment). He had his chances, though, so that may not always be the case.
 

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Bad loss for Shapo.

Was completely in control.

Lost his serve from 40-0 up in the 2nd set making 4 DF‘s in 6 points + wrong approach side at 40-30 when hadn‘t faced a BP prior, and didn’t convert a bunch of BP‘s in multiple games.
 

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Shapovalov played really well until the beginning of the 2nd set, lost focus, let Rublev comeback in this match and was frustrated to the end of the match.
Even if he has more potential than Rublev, his mindset is still not there to be a champion.
 

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Rublev hits with too much depth, intent and consistency for someone like Shapovalov, who lacks nuances in his game and is not good at problem solving. Once he started to take command of the CC rallies he was pretty much in control and ended up playing so well. Shapovalov is still a headcase and loses focus far too easily. He's becoming annoying with his relentless woaaaaasss and bitching at his box. And he needs a sliced and DTL BH asap.
 

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A perfect example of how a single clusterfuck of a game turns everything on its head. Shapovalov has only himself to blame. Maybe he can blame Rublev's return just a little bit since it's miles better than his own. But that's really it, frankly. Had no business losing this.
 

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Agreed. He needs to go back to Vadim or whomever he's working with. Has made big strides but still not mentally there. I agree w/ Monsi on this one. He should have had this.
 

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This only shows how slim the margins are: takes one brainfart to completely turn around the match. A confidence boost for Rublev gave him the belief and Denis sort of imploded after that unfortunate game.
But apart from all technical details this is something Shapo needs to work on: he can not let a single game derail the entire set or match. He almost checked out in the 2nd set when trailing 1-3 with still plenty of time to get the break back.
Anyway, hoping the injury is not serious and he’ll be back early enough to keep his London bid alive.
 

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This only shows how slim the margins are: takes one brainfart to completely turn around the match. A confidence boost for Rublev gave him the belief and Denis sort of imploded after that unfortunate game.
But apart from all technical details this is something Shapo needs to work on: he can not let a single game derail the entire set or match. He almost checked out in the 2nd set when trailing 1-3 with still plenty of time to get the break back.
Anyway, hoping the injury is not serious and he’ll be back early enough to keep his London bid alive.
What does he have to do to reach the finals? He's most likely not gaining any points from the Paris masters.
 

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Rublev is the more consistent baseliner right now, and shapovalov just couldn't find the consistency and the focus throughout the match to outhit andrey. Hopefully another title for the Russian tomorrow, if both made it to the WTF it would have been ideal but I hope at least Rublev makes it.
 

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A great year for Rublev looking for his 4th title now, I thought Medvedev would be the one to kick on after last year but Rublev has impressed me the most this season.
 

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Rublev pretty much secures WTF spot
 
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