The Canadian team suffered elimination at the ATP Cup, which fell to Germany on Tuesday in Australia.
At first, Milos Raonic lost his head-to-head against Jan-Lennard Struff in two sets of 7-6 (4) and 7-6 (2).
The German thus ignored the 15 aces of the representative of the maple leaf, showing patience to win during the tiebreaker in each of the engagements. Raonic, however, struggled to consistently put his first serve in play, needing his second ball 44 percent of the time. The 15th racquet in the world also committed five double faults.
Struff himself made nine aces and won 78% of the rally when his first ball was in-bounds, so each player made only one breakout each.
The 37th player in the world, however, was much more incisive during the tiebreakers. Indeed, he obtained the point on five occasions in nine occasions when his opponent started the exchanges.
Later that evening, Denis Shapovalov had the fate of the nation in his hands against the powerful Alexander Zverev. The 21-year-old defended well, but still admitted defeating in three sets of 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 7-6 (4).
“Shapo” won 84% of points played on his first serve ball, but only placed 54% of his first attempts in play. He was still broken only once and was not able to take advantage of his four breakage balls.
The seventh player on the world chessboard thus ended a series of two defeats against the Canadian. Zverev is now 4-2 against the Ontario tennis player.
Representatives of the maple leaf folded 2-1 against Serbia on Monday. Novak Djokovic then defeated Shapovalov in singles before triumphing again in doubles. Germany and Serbia will now cross swords Thursday in a duel which will determine the classification of Group A. Only the first position team of the group will advance to the next round of the competition.