Tennis: Kyrgios crashes in Toronto first round

Nick Kyrgios waits for the final game in his match against Denis Shapovalov on Day 1 of the Rogers Cup, on July 25, 2016.
Nick Kyrgios waits for the final game in his match against Denis Shapovalov on Day 1 of the Rogers Cup, on July 25, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Nick Kyrgios turned in a patchy performance to exit the Toronto Masters 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3 on Monday (July 25) at the hands of Wimbledon junior winner Denis Shapovalov.

The 17-year-old Canadian set up a match point with his 12th ace, then calmly closed out the upset over the 19th-ranked Australian.

In his first match since losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in the Wimbledon fourth round, Kyrgios at times showed little interest in his on-court duties, serving at lightning speed with only a few seconds between points.

During one changeover, he was heard muttering to himself in dissatisfaction.

The Australian 11th seed somehow struck an ace as his racquet flew from his hand on one serve; he also double-faulted 18 times while managing 13 aces.

Shapovalov, playing in only his second ATP event, will take on former top-10 contender Grigor Dimitrov, who is trying to claw his way back in what has been a disappointing season.

The Bulgarian reached the second round with a 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Yuichi Sugita.