The Canadian Denis Shapovalov has Rogério Dutra Silva

Sport 9 August, 2017

Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
In three innings on Tuesday at Uniprix Stadium, the young Shapovalov has faced the Brazilian Rogério Dutra Silva successfully.

The Canadian Denis Shapovalov had the opportunity to make its evidence before the crowd at the Uniprix Stadium, and it did not disappoint. The rising star of canadian tennis has defeated Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the first round of the pane men’s Rogers Cup on Tuesday in three sets 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4.


To the applause of supporters, Shapovalov has fought a battle leathery before celebrating his victory. An important fight in the career of the young representative of the flag, a game that lasted 2 hours 27 minutes. “It was a difficult match. Dutra Silva is a real beating, admitted Shapovalov, who was only 18 years old. I had some difficulties with the rhythm of my services. Then, I took my wanders of to go to and I continued to fight until the end. “


Despite his young age, he showed a lot of character by saving four match points in the tiebreaker to force the holding of a third round.


“I tried to keep myself in the game as long as possible and I think I played very well during the third set,” stressed Shapovalov. “I have trouble to remind me of balls of the match in the tiebreaker, but I remember that there was a shot where I was very far to the bottom of the field, I returned the ball to the backhand, which was very good, and I said that he should rob me of this point and that I wasn’t going to give him the opportunity “, he added.


The road will, however, be difficult to the second round, since he will have to measure up to the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the idol of his youth. “Growing up, I watched him win the International of the United States [in 2009], then this will be a match extremely difficult,” conceded the young man, with a smile.


Shapovalov, 134th in the world, has used his powerful service to succeed 12 aces. He saved six of his eight balls of breakage, all in the second set, and won 39 of the 50 exchanges on its first balls in the game.


It has initiated the first set, taking the lead 3-1, before losing four games to finally bow down 6-4. The two players then battled solidly in the second set to force the holding of a tiebreaker. “When I broke in the first set, I felt a stiffness and my percentage on my first serve has declined significantly,” said Shapovalov. During the tiebreaker, I relaxed little by little, I started to concentrate on my services and I managed more aces. I then continued on the same line in the last set. “


Dutra Silva, 64th racket in the world, has committed 10 double faults, and failed to capitalize on its lead in the third set.


The supporters have had a few exchanges thriving between the two rivals in the second round, and several of them did not hesitate to chant the name of the local favorite in order to encourage it in the tiebreaker.


“I’ve never been surrounded by a crowd as lively and intense, confessed Shapovalov. I don’t think I would have been able to win the game without them. It is certain that during the tiebreaker, [Dutra Silva] felt additional pressure. “


Last year, Shapovalov had created the surprise at Toronto by ousting the Australian Nick Kyrgios, then 19th in the world, at the end of three rounds.


Holder of a pass at the Rogers Cup, he is impressive this year. Since march, he has participated in three finals of Challenger tournaments and placed a hand on the titles of Drummondville, and Gatineau.


Last week, Granby, Shapovalov was defeated in the semi-final before his compatriot Peter Polansky.


In the evening

Photo: Annik MH de Carufel Le Devoir
Diego Schwartzman has created the surprise by defeating the third-seeded, the Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Later in the evening, the Argentinian, Diego Schwartzman has created the surprise by defeating the third-seeded, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5, in a match that stretched on for a little less than three hours.


The Austrian, who was one of the candidates logical in view of the great honors, will not enter in the third round of the tournament.


Experiencing a meteoric rise in a spring run almost infallible, Thiem was trying to take advantage of the absence of four of the six headliners to put his hand on his first title in career tournament Masters 1000.


Thiem began the duel with difficulty, but has rebounded in the second set, winning the breaking of a deadlock.


Led 5-3 in the third inning, Schwartzman, 36th in the world rankings, won his service and then managed to tie the game. Unable to take advantage of its three-ball break, Thiem has finally tilted.


The Austrian has managed seven aces but committed eight double faults, in addition to breaking six times. The Argentine has saved 12 of his 16 balls breaking.

Photo: Annik MH de Carufel Le Devoir
Dominic Thiem

Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil saw their journey come to an end abruptly, bowing to the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 10-2. Having managed three aces against none in the face of their opponents, the canadian duo has, however, committed six double faults and was broken five times.


The ninth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, also needed three sets to overcome his opponent, the Japanese Yuichi Sugita. Goffin has managed nine aces and broke his rival six times.


The American Ernesto Escobedo reached the second round, winning 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the face of the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Escobedo found himself under the spotlight on the centre court of the Uniprix Stadium in the wake of the package of the Czech Tomas Berdych, 10th seeded, due to a rib injury. He was rescued just minutes before the confrontation, while he was eating. On Sunday, the U.s. had lost 6-2, 6-2 in the face Reilly Opelka during the final round of qualifications. It will cross the iron with the Dutch Robin Haase in the second round.


In the morning on the short Bank-National, the South Korean Hyeon Chung defeated Feliciano Lopez, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3). In spite of the 16 aces of the Spanish, his eight double faults have caused his loss. The Croatian Borna Coric prevailed 6-2, 6-4 to face the Russian Mikhail Youzhny. The Italian Paolo Lorenzi, the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, American Sam Querrey and the South-African Kevin Anderson have also acceded to the next round.