New York, September 5
Denis Shapovalov received the battle of North American younger weapons by grinding out a 3-6 6-Three 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz on Friday to maneuver into the US Open fourth spherical.
The match performed out precisely as one would anticipate from two of tennis’s rising abilities with the 12th-seeded Canadian Shapovalov and 19th-seeded American Fritz engaged in a seesaw tussle.
The entertaining 3-1/2 hour match in an empty Arthur Ashe stadium ended with Shapovalov again within the 1ast 16 at Flushing Meadows for the primary time since he made his US Open debut in 2017.
From their practically similar Nike package to their resumes Fritz and Shapovalov bear are exceptional resemblance.
Shapovalov is 21-years-old and seeded 12th, whereas Fritz is 22 and seeded 19th.
Fritz was named ATP Tour newcomer of the 12 months in 2016 with Shapovalov claiming the honour in 2017. Both received their one and solely ATP titles in 2019.
Their video games, nevertheless, are totally different. Fritz the massive server works from the baseline whereas Shapovalov can serve and volley unafraid to come back to the online.
But within the decisive fifth set it was the Canadian’s serve that made an affect Shapovalov laying down seven aces to only one from Fritz.
“I was struggling serving because he was putting his racket on everything and he was playing so solid,” stated Shapovalov, who has taken the lengthy path to the final 16 along with his opening two matches going 4 units. “In the fourth set after I was down a break I used to be capable of loosen up and received the rhythm again on my serve.
“I was really happy with the way I served especially that last set.” Fritz had an opportunity to serve out the match at 5-Three within the fourth however Shapovalov grabbed the break he wanted to tug the set to a tiebreak which he received.
Recharged by his rally, it was the Canadian who raced forward 3-Zero within the fifth earlier than closing out the competition with one other break when Fritz’s return sailed lengthy.
Next up for Shapovalov is Belgium seventh seed David Goffin who was a 6-1 7-6(5) 6-Four winner over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic. Reuters