Denis Shapovalov worked hard to get his second round ticket at Flushing Meadows.
Almost three hours after the first racket hit, the 23-year-old Canadian finally won against Marc-Andrea Huesler, whom he beat 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6 and 6 -1 in five sets.
However, Shapo hadn’t started the US Open on the right foot. Broken from the start by his Swiss rival, he was unable to find answers to the game imposed by Huesler during the opening round.
He had also been the victim of nine unforced errors versus just three for Huesler, ranked 85 in the world. The latter managed to convert two of the four break points offered by the Canadian by winning the first set 6-2 in just 27 minutes of play.
Showing more aggression in his game, Shapovalov then took the lead in the first round bout. He broke Huesler in the ninth game of the second set which he won 6-4. The 21And World racquet scored 15 wins against his 26-year-old rival who quietly began to show signs of weakness.
In the third set, the Canadian continued to dictate the pace of trading. He first took his opponent’s serve in the second game and then on set 6-4. In this same sequence, Shapo offered no break points to Huesler who struggled to win points on his first serve (69%).
The Swiss recovered his orientation and service in the fourth set. He converted one of the two break points offered by Shapovalov to reduce the counters to zero in the tied game by two innings per side.
Shapo saves her skin at the breaking point
The Canadian certainly didn’t want to pack his bags after just one duel at the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. In the final set, he took control of his rival twice to finish the set 6-1 and that heated fight in the first round.
“It was a super tough match and I am very happy to have won. It was a battle, he (Huesler) was playing so well from behind, Shapovalov said after the win. I’ll probably celebrate in the ice bath after this. “
In this duel, Shapovalov overtook Huesler in the winners with 57, 25 more than his opponent. However, he had some difficulty in putting the ball into play on the first serve (57%). In addition, Shapo has committed 11 double fouls and a total of 34 unforced errors against 27 of his Swiss opponent.
Four Canadians return to action on Wednesday
All the Canadians who won on Monday take over on Wednesday, starting with Rebecca Marino, in the early afternoon, who will try to stop the momentum of the Ukrainian Daria Snigur, who fell from the Romanian Simona Halep.
At the end of the afternoon, Lavalloise Leylah Fernandez, 14th classified, will face the Russian Liudmila Samsonova.
Then, in the evening, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu will be the headliners of the Louis Armstrong stadium. Auger-Aliassime will try to overtake the British Jack Draper while Andreescu will face the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, ranked 15th.
Shapovalov holds out in 5 innings