Winning 81 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent on his second serve, the 27-year old qualifier advanced into the second round in Melbourne after a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (3) victory.
Fucsovics credits improved serve, Hungarian fans for shock win
The Hungarian began his post-match press conference by saying "I never lost in the first round in the main draw here. I like the atmosphere here, I like the courts, the speed of the court, I like the balls, the weather, it's good to be here."
He continued by stating "I have good memories here (he reached the fourth round in 2018), and also a lot of Hungarian fans, they are supporting me and that was very important for me in the hard moments."
With a new coaching team of Miklos Jansco and Zoltan Nagy, the 27-year old has gotten his year off to a good start, the upset of Shapovalov following a quarterfinal run in Doha.
"We were working a lot on my serve", Fucsovics said. "I think everyone can see my serve improved a lot. I lost my serve once in the match and I think that was the key.I was serving very well and I was playing aggressive when I needed to. Everything was working well today."
Normally reserved and laid-back on court, Fuscovics showed a great deal of emotion in the three hour, 13 minute contest.
"It was a really big moment, one of my biggest wins of my career. I tried to keep it (my emotions) low and just focus on the next point, but when it was tiebreak in the fourth set and I got the lead 5-2, of course everything came out of me. And I really wanted to win this match."