Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Shapovalov flies the youth flag at US Open

Denis Shapovalov of Canada wipes his face during his match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Sunday Sept. 3 2017 in New York Shapovalov flies the youth flag at US Open
Stacy Diaz | 02 September, 2017, 10:40

BRITISH No 2 Kyle Edmund kept British hopes alive at the US Open with another impressive display to reach the third round.

The British No 2 was trailing Canada's Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 0-1 when he removed his cap and walked to the net to shake hands, having had a sequence of attention from the phyio at the changeovers.

Edmund undoubtedly knows how to play well in NY, reaching the fourth round last year and winning his opening two matches this year in straight sets, though his body, unfortunately, faltered, handing Shapovalov a rather bittersweet victory. He used that momentum to hold on and take a 2-0 set lead.

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The Richmond Hill, Ont., native had a big break in the second set went Tsonga double faulted to let Shapovalov go up 4-3.

Shapovalov, ranked No. 69 in the world, started the match strong by breaking Tsonga's serve on the first game of the opening set. The trainer got stuck in with some very painful looking manipulations as Edmund struggled through the rest of the third set clearly hampered with his movement.

But the youngster reckons he's "taking care" of his body and feels good heading into his match with Pablo Carreno Busta.

Young Canadian Shapovalov responded well, though, holding in the second and third sets to edge in front. Edmund flubbed another return on a smashing serve by Shapovalov to give the Canadian the set.

Bouchard converted three of her four break point opportunities, but struggled to hold serve. Even when the Canadian broke back, Edmund bided his time before taking the lead.

Last month, he became the youngest man to reach a Masters semifinal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

After splitting with Ryan Jones before Wimbledon, Edmund has been working with Mark Hilton, whose time coaching Dan Evans was abruptly interrupted by the 27-year-old's positive drugs test.

Bouchard, ranked 76th in the world, has failed to make it past the second round of her last eight tournaments, starting with a second-round exit at the French Open.

"Kyle has been playing great tennis and if he keeps it up he will be doing really well". He had bookended the US hard-court swing with steady runs in Atlanta and then Winston-Salem on the way into the US Open, and had progressed efficiently in straight sets to the third round. "It is very unfortunate but I am happy to be in the fourth round".

The British-Brazilian fourth seeds won 6-4 7-6 (8-6) in NY.