Monfils misses out on ATP Finals after Shapovalov defeat

Paris (AFP) –


Gael Monfils missed the chance to secure the last place at the ATP Tour Finals as Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov dealt the home favourite a heavy defeat in the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Friday.

Italian Matteo Berrettini, who lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round at Bercy, claims the final spot for the end-of-season event in London which starts on November 10.

The 20-year-old Shapovalov blew Monfils away with a totally one-sided 6-2, 6-2 victory in only 59 minutes.

The world number 28 will face either Rafael Nadal or French wildcard Tsonga in the fourth Masters semi-final of his career.

Shapovalov raced through the opening set in under half an hour before reeling off the first four games of the second in front of a stunned French crowd.

The 13th seed Monfils managed to salvage some pride with a couple of late holds, but Shapovalov wrapped up the win with his fifth ace on his first match point.

US Open semi-finalist Berrettini, who has won two ATP titles this year and climbed to a career-high world ranking of ninth, will be playing in the Tour Finals for the first time.