Canada’s Denis Shapovalov came close to making a surprise appearance in the Masters category tournament in Rome on Thursday, but lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the third round.
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పో Shop », 13E Favorite for the competition and 14E The world player, eventually Nadal, finished third seed and third in the ATP standings, winning 3-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (3). The duel lasted about 3 hours and 30 minutes and Shapovalov also got two match points.
Ontarion came very close to repeating his 2017 feat when he shocked the tennis world by beating Nadal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
“These are games you have nothing to lose. I think that’s what I need to do to beat these guys, ”Shapovalov said in an interview with the ATP site. This does not surprise me, it is a tough loss. Of course, this is not the first time Rafa has done this. I was not the first person to lose after scoring match points. He does stress well at times like that. ”
“I have something to change. But I’m happy with my game against the best players on the surface.”
Shapovalov got off to a strong start with a 4-0 lead, but Nadal came back with a 4-3 lead. However, the Canadian was able to break the serve of “Mancore Bull” in the ninth game.
The 22-year-old Canadian did not slow down early in the second set, taking a 3-0, 3-1, 40-0 lead on his own serve. Nadal returned to victory in the second round.
‘Shapo’ also took a 3-1 lead in the final set, but the Spaniard came back once again, saving two match points in the 12th game.
In the quarterfinals, Nadal will face German Alexander Zverev, the winner of the recent Madrid tournament.
Quebec Felix Agar-Aliassim lost to Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in the third round of the Rome tournament.
FAA 21E The world lost 7-6 (3) and 6-1 in two sets, ahead of Delbonis, 64E In the ATP rankings. Meeting 1h53m.
Agar-Aliasim had two aces in the duel, but committed six double errors. He was only able to break his opponent’s service in one of four attempts.
Delbonis will face American Riley Opelka in the quarterfinals.