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NEW YORK – Denis Shapovalov played an interesting 4 hour and 8 minute battle against Russian Andrey Rublev, but his efforts weren’t enough and his run to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round of the US Open. Rublev scored a five-set win of 6-4, 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Shapovalov’s resilience allowed him to save a total of four match points before finally suffering defeat. He was the last living Canadian.
“I feel like whenever I play here at the US Open, my third round game is always a crazy game like this,” Shapovalov said in an interview with TSN after the game. Congratulations to Andrey, he played a good game. I am disappointed with the result, but satisfied with my level of play and there are many positives to take away from this tournament. “
After first-round defeats at the Montreal National Bank Open and the Washington tournament, the Canadian seemed to find his tune in New York.
“I’ve been working very hard over the past few weeks. It is gratifying to see my game improved and to feel that everything seems to be working at the same time. “
Rublev signed his third career win in five games against the Canadian to reach the knockout stage of the main tournament for the fourth time in his career. Rublev now has an appointment with 9And world player Cameron Norrie with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Norrie defeated Denmark’s Holger Rune in three sets 7-5, 6-4, 6-1. It will be a tough task for Rublev as Norrie hasn’t missed a round in the tournament so far.
Shapovalov fell victim to his serve at the end of the first set. While he was 5-4 behind and needed, the Canadian committed a double foul in a row to give Rublev two set points. The first was enough for the Russian to take the first set 6-4.
The Canadian, on the other hand, regained consciousness in the next round. He took two service breaks to be quick and win the second set in just 34 minutes of play by a score of 6-2.
Lack of opportunism entered the Canadian’s game at the end of the third inning and Shapovalov came very close to paying the price. After losing three break points at 11And match, Shapovalov had to cancel a set point as it was needed to force the tie-break. Shapovalov quickly took a three-point lead and capitalized on the first set point offered to take a two-to-one lead.
Shapovalov’s strength of character was tested in the fourth round. After taking a late serve break that put him under 4-5 in the set, Shapovalov found himself on the leads. He managed to cancel four set points on Rublev’s serve, but the fifth time was positive for the Russian, who forced a final set after just over three hours of play.
History repeated itself in the fifth and final round. Shapovalov suffered a service outage at 9 o’clockAnd game and ended up in boiling water. The only difference was that Shapovalov’s strength of character ultimately paid off for him. The Canadian canceled three match points and had the most important service break of the match to stay alive. Rublev, however, had the final 10-7 laugh in the super tiebreaker to move on to the next round.
In his first match of the tournament, Shapovalov fought a five-set battle against Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler. He then got the better of Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in four sets in the next round.
Fernandez stops in double
Among women, Quebecer Leylah Fernandez was stopped in the second round of the doubles tournament. She and her partner Daria Gavrilova suffered a three-set defeat of 7-6, 3-6 and 6-7 against Bernarda Pera and Dalma Galfi.
Fernandez and Gavrilova caused an upset in the first round by beating the tournament’s second-seeded Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula.
Fernandez is still alive in the mixed doubles with Jack Sock. On Sunday she will be in action against compatriot Gabriela Dabrowski, who is collaborating with Max Purcell.