Denis Shapovalov made an impressive comeback on Friday, reaching the fourth round of the US Open for the second time.
The 21-year-old Canadian’s confidence increased after he recovered from a 2-5 run in the fourth set to beat American No. 19 Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6. -2 Arthur Ashe Stadium in 3 hours and 26 minutes. Fritz, who scored 80 per cent of his first serve points and was two points away from victory, stressed when he was sent to the match at 5-3 in Group D.
“He was playing very well today and I think we both deserve to win,” Shapovalov said in an interview on the field. “Tennis was great and I think I was a little lucky. I stayed with him in the fourth set, when he was in control, and I saw him tighten a little. I tried to get him to play as much as possible, then I got a little lucky at the setpoint and read it right for a good front shot. And I thought I was.” I need to make a change for the fifth group, and gain my strength and level. “
Shapovalov, who reached the fourth round at the 2017 US Open (from left to Carreno Busta), won the first three games of the playoff season and will now play seventh-seeded Belgian David Goffin, who beat 26th-seeded Serbian Philippe Krajinovic in straight sets. Earlier in the day. Shapovalov scored 60 winners, including 22 aces on Fritz.
The Canadian, who lost in the second round of the West and South Open League (from left to Struff) last week, won his first ATP Tournament title in October of last year at the Stockholm Open (Dr. 1000 final at the Rolex Paris Masters) Left to Djokovic).
Fritz, who worked hard with Paul Anacon and David Ninken to improve his movement during the five-month ATP tour suspension period, was not under any pressure in the first set, which swung in his favor in the eighth game, when Shapovalov’s double. Wrong at 3-4, 30/40.
The tide turned Shapovalov’s way in the second set, when three successive faults with a ground kick from Fritz gave his Canadian opponent a break in the eighth game. On serving for the 5-3 series, Shapovalov rebounded from 0/40, winning four straight points.
Shapovalov won his fourth straight game, breaking Fritz in the first half of the third set, then leveled 0/40 the next. Momentum shifted to Fritz, with Shapovalov breaking in the sixth and eighth matches, but the American couldn’t finish the match when he went 5-3. He only needed to wait a few more minutes to grab the group, and he did so when Shapovalov let out a backhand that fell at 4-5, 30/40.
Fritz took the lead when Shapovalov made a double foul on breaking a point in the second half of the fourth set. But with the finish line approaching, Fritz showed tension for the first time. Shapovalov did not give up, and with a loss of 3-5, Fritz hit a long backhand at a breakpoint. Later, in the tiebreaker, Shapovalov predicted well and equalized with a forehand, when 22-year-old Fritz was in the attack.
From 4/5 in the tiebreaker, Shapovalov put him up to win 15 of the following 17 points. He had the advantage to score his third consecutive win over world No. 25 Fritz, who advanced to his first ATP 500 final in February at HSBC’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado (left to Nadal).
Goffin broke a two-game losing streak against Krajinovic to secure a spot in the fourth round of the US Open for the fourth consecutive year. In a match that saw 11 serve breaks, it was Joffin who blocked Krajnovic’s strength to win 6-1, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in two hours and five minutes. Goffin struck 36 winners.
Goffin had the first four matches of the match, winning 16 points out of 22. He finished off the 27-minute group when Kraginovic hit a back kick.
Krajinovi, who continued to struggle with his second serve, broke Goffin’s serving for the first time early in the second set, but in 10 matches, there were six breaks to serve. When Krajinovic hit a wide fore to break at 4-4, Joffen seemed to be taking over, but the world number 10 was unable to turn a specific point. He made damages in the tiebreak, winning the first four points and carrying momentum when Krajinovi hit a wide forehand in 5/6.
From 1-1 in the third set, Goffin won 12 points from the next 14, including four straight points at 2–1, after sending Krajinovic a 30-0 lead. After sensing his last chance to return to the game, Kraginovic rose to recover 4-4, but quickly faltered.
Krajjinovic won two previous ATP Head2Head meetings in 2019 at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Tv fanatic. Freelance thinker. Social media enthusiast. Total bacon lover. Communicator.