Qualifier Kopriva upsets Shapovalov in Gstaad

The unheralded Czech came from behind to beat the world No 10 in the second round of the Swiss Open

Vit Kopriva

Remember the name: Vit Kopriva.

The world No 249 from the Czech Republic, a qualifier into the main draw in Gstaad, produced a performance he would hardly have dreamed of on Thursday as he beat world No 10 Denis Shapovalov 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Open.

The 24-year-old has spent most of his career on the lower rungs of the ladder, notably on the Challenger Tour, but served notice of his ability with a win over Benoit Paire earlier in the season.

But his victory over Shapovalov, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, was by far the biggest win of his career. The Canadian had decided to miss the Olympics because he is trying to stay out of the Covid-19 bubbles as much as he can, but his decision backfired as he was well beaten.

Kopriva’s reward is a quarter-final clash with Mikael Ymer of Sweden.

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