Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Shapovalov Survives Tsitsipas In Miami

Shapovalov Survives Tsitsipas In Miami
Shapovalov Survives Tsitsipas In Miami

Denis Shapovalov defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) at the Miami Open 2019.

“I knew Stefanos was going to be a tough match. I was ready for a long battle and, sure enough, it went the distance,” said Shapovalov. “I’m just happy with the way I controlled myself and the way I played today.”

The Canadian took the lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-1 and has won both of their hard-court matches. Shapovalov also picked up the second Top 10 win of his career, having previously defeated Rafael Nadal at the 2017 Coupe Rogers.

Shapovalov now meets Tiafoe on Thursday. They're even in their Head2Head series at 1-1, with both matches taking place last year on American hard courts.

Tiafoe prevailed at the Delray Beach Open and Shapovalov turned the tables at the Western & Southern Open.

“It’s always great to play Frances. We’re really good buddies and I think very highly of him. He’s going to be a great champion and he’s got a really bright future ahead of him,” said Shapovalov. “It’s going to be an exciting match. We’re both shotmakers, so I’m just ready for another fun [and] tough match.”