The 19-year-old Canadian, who fell in the opening round at the ASB Classic (l. to Sousa), notched his first tour-level win of the season after one hour and 55 minutes, firing 51 winners en route to victory. Last year, on his tournament debut, Shapovalov advanced to the second round in Melbourne, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas before a five-set loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Shapovalov dropped serve for the first time when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but recovered well to re-establish control in the tie-break. Making his first main draw appearance at Melbourne Park since 2016, Andujar was bidding to reach the second round for the third time.
“It was definitely a very good match for me,” said Shapovalov. “I came out pretty much on fire [and it was a] really clean match. Obviously, I got broken at the end serving for it, but that’s tennis. He stepped up his game towards the end.
“He had nothing to lose there [and] made some really good returns… I just stayed with it. I knew that I was playing really good tennis, serving really well. I just tried to stay calm, came out really firing in the tie-break. It was almost a perfect match for me.”
“He’s definitely dangerous. He’s going to bring the match to me on Thursday,” said Shapovalov “It’s definitely going to be another good match for me.
“If I play like today, I’ll definitely have a chance to be dictating, to lead the game. So I’m really happy with where I am right now. [I am] just going to try to take it to Taro.”
Did You Know?
Shapovalov owns a 6-1 record in Grand Slam first-round matches. The Canadian’s only first-round loss came on his Grand Slam debut, as a wild card, at 2017 Wimbledon (l. to Janowicz).