NEW YORK | Seemingly calmer, more inspired, Denis Shapovalov introduced tennis which allowed him to quickly climb the ladder of the world rankings, Thursday at the US Open, to reach the third round.
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The last Canadian in the men’s competition sold 80-year-old Spaniard Roberto Carballes BaenaAnd in the world, with the score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2, in almost 2 h 50 min.
A tenacious opponent, whom “Shapo” had also beaten – in three sets this time – in the second round of these same US Opens last year.
But if the Spaniard was tenacious and combative, he didn’t have the weapons to outrun a Shapovalov in full control of his blows.
Especially on the backhand, incisive, which allowed him to open the field on several occasions.
We can certainly blame him for his 13 double faults, but overall the 23-year-old from Ontario used his serve well in critical moments. Like on this set point, in the first set, where he slammed one of his 11 aces in play.
A bomb that will have allowed him to echo certain lines of the Oh Canada in the stands, courtesy of some Canadian fans.
After showing signs of intolerance in the opening round against Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler, this time it was a much calmer Shapovalov to take the field on Thursday.
With the exception, perhaps, of those two racket shots he slapped in the face after a wrong shot. Something to remind you of a certain anger of his adviser Mikhail Youzhny, but this time without a trace of blood.
Because for the record, by the time the Russian was playing, he had already hit himself so hard in the face in the middle of a match that his blood had started to spurt …
“I looked at Mischa out of the corner of my eye and he seemed to be saying to me, ‘See? We are the same!’ Shapovalov laughed.
The 19And the favorite escaped in the second set, the victim of a nice “pass” by the Spaniard in the break point.
Get your focus back
But the Canadian quickly recovered and as the sun set on the charming Court 17, Carballes Baena also seemed to start falling asleep.
Destabilized by several climbs in Shapovalov’s net, 80And world player seemed to have surrendered before the end of the fourth set.
“Both players showed a good level [jeudi]so I’m glad I managed to get away with the victory, scoring 21And global. I am happy to have regained my concentration after the second heat. “
“After the first set, I was a little feverish, because I thought I was playing really well,” he added. I started getting anxious, but I was able to calm down and focus on my tennis. “
“Shapo” thus obtained his ticket for the third round, to the applause of the audience who sang his nickname.
“I think my story here makes people like me,” he said. The US Open was one of my first big tournaments and I played my first game in New York on Arthur-Ashe [le central]. And also, I think people like my style, my energy. It suits this energetic crowd well. “
Tomorrow he will face the ninth seed of the tournament, Andrey Rublev, whom he has beaten twice in four comparisons.
Eliminated in singles on Wednesday, Leylah Fernandez got off to a good start on her doubles journey on Thursday, alongside Daria Saville. The pair beat second-seeded Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Serena and Venus Williams will have just passed for their last doubles match. Contrary to Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka, they lost 7-6 (5) and 6-4.