Denis Shapovalov rallied to beat American Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 within the third spherical of the U.S. Open on Friday, persevering with a promising match for Canadian males.
The comeback victory means the No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., will at the least match his greatest efficiency on the Grand Slam. Shapovalov additionally reached the fourth spherical in his U.S. Open debut in 2017 after getting in as a qualifier.
Shapovalov will face No. 7 seed David Goffin of Belgium on this 12 months’s spherical of 16.
The Canadian broke Fritz to go up 2-Zero within the fifth set, after which did so once more to complete off Fritz.
It was a roller-coaster match.
Shapovalov misplaced 4 service video games in a row through the third and fourth units towards Fritz after going up a break early within the third.
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Shapovalov, 21, took his frustration out on his racket as momentum shifted within the third set, smashing it thrice in a row on the court docket after one level. He did bounce again after that with a brand new racket, breaking Fritz, however then misplaced his serve within the subsequent recreation to drop the set.
Shapovalov’s document within the pandemic-interrupted 12 months is now 8-8. He hadn’t strung collectively consecutive victories this 12 months earlier than the opening two rounds of this 12 months’s Grand Slam in New York.
The left-hander is now 3-Zero lifetime towards the 22-year-old Fritz.
Canadians making noise
Shapovalov is one among a document three Canadian males to make the third spherical of a Grand Slam this week. No. 15 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and unseeded Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver are scheduled to play their third-round matches Saturday.
After profitable his first 24 factors when he received his first serve in, Fritz lastly stumbled late within the second set.
Fritz did not win some extent on a recreation with serve, placing Shapovalov up 5-3. The Canadian proceeded to fall behind 0-40 whereas serving to attempt to win the set, however then received 5 factors in a row — highlighted by a drop volley after a protracted rally at deuce — to tie the match.
Moutet’s second-round match with No. 23 seed Dan Evans was suspended due to inclement climate on Thursday earlier than the Frenchman prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) on Friday.
Auger-Aliassime, 20, is coming off a formidable 6-2, 6-3, 6-Four victory over three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray of Nice Britain on Thursday night time.
“I’ve simply regarded down the record of all of the younger stars — [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Alexander] Zverev, [Daniil] Medvedev, Shapovalov,” Tim Henman, the previous British No. 1, informed Amazon Prime. “I actually imagine that this man is in a unique class to all of them.”
Pospisil, ranked 94th, faces No. Eight seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Bautista Agut is 3-Zero lifetime towards Pospisil, who upset fellow Canadian Milos Raonic within the second spherical.