Saturday, September 5, 2020

Shapovalov reaches U.S. Open last 16

Shapovalov reaches U.S. Open last 16 Denis Shapovalov defeated Taylor Fritz 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 and reached the U.S. Open fourth round. He will next play David Goffin who beat Filip Krajinovic 6-1 7-6(5) 6-4. The entertaining 3-1/2 hour match ended with Shapovalov back in the 1ast 16 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since he made his U.S. Open debut in 2017. "I was struggling serving because he was putting his racket on everything and he was playing so solid," said Shapovalov, who has taken the long route to the last 16 with his opening two matches going four sets. "In the fourth set when I was down a break I was able to loosen up and got the rhythm back on my serve. "I was really happy with the way I served especially that last set." Fritz had a chance to serve out the match at 5-3 in the fourth but Shapovalov grabbed the break he needed to drag the set to a tiebreak which he won. Recharged by his rally, it was the Canadian who raced ahead 3-0 in the fifth before closing out the contest with another break when Fritz's return sailed long. Photo by US Open