Denis Shapovalov tops Borna Couric and sets Taylor Fritz against Tokyo | ATP . round

Denis Shapovalov and Borna Coric entered the Tokyo quarter-finals with full data this week. The Canadian, who reached the ultimate final week in Seoul, stored his streak intact with a 6-4, 6-3 victory Friday evening to achieve the semi-finals for the second time on the Rakuten Japan Open.

Shapovalov took benefit of three of his 4 break alternatives to attain his first ATP Head2Head win in opposition to Coric on his third try. The seventh seed misplaced serve on his solely break level as he did not serve the primary set at 5-4, however got here again to safe the set on return.

After breaking it once more halfway by the second set, he rode exhausting serve to win in 1 hour 17 minutes. The 23-year-old misplaced simply three factors on his personal within the second set, throughout which he loved a 13-point profitable streak on serve.

“I feel I performed rather well right this moment,” Shapovalov instructed a information convention after the match. “General, my type prior to now two weeks has been nice, so I am very pleased to be again within the semi-finals.”

Now 7-2 within the ATP 500 occasion, the place he additionally reached the semi-finals in 2018, Seoul finalist Shapovalov will make his second look within the match in as many weeks as he faces Taylor Fritz, in opposition to whom he has a 4.1 ATP Head2Head document. His success this week lifted him to twentieth within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings as he returned to his profession excessive because the world No. 10, achieved in 2020.

“When my serve goes effectively, I can loosen up a bit and play the remainder of the match,” Shapovalov mentioned. “My crew and I put in a variety of work on returns as effectively, so I feel that is an space the place I’ve improved quite a bit, in addition to serving. I feel these are the 2 most vital photographs of the match.”

Fritz earlier superior to the semi-finals after Nick Kyrgios withdrew with a left knee downside. The duo was scheduled to satisfy within the night session on the ATP 500 occasion, the place Kyrgios lifted the trophy in 2016.

“It’s clearly very disappointing,” Kyrgios mentioned at a information convention. “It is one among my favourite tournaments. I had nice recollections right here… It is heartbreaking, however I will be right here subsequent 12 months. That is for positive.”

The fifth seed in Tokyo additionally pulled out of Atlanta earlier this 12 months with a left knee downside earlier than recovering in time to achieve the US Open quarter-finals.

“I have been taking part in superb tennis all 12 months and I used to be coping with a knee downside across the time the US Open,” Kyrgios defined. “I got here house and doubtless did not take sufficient break day to be trustworthy. I went straight again to coaching.”

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The 2016 Tokyo champion was in fine condition this week with a singles victory over Chun Hsien Tseng and Kamil Majsherzak in addition to reaching the doubles semi-finals alongside Thansi Kokinakis. The Australian pair additionally withdrew from the doubles draw as a consequence of an damage to Kyrgios.

“Japanese followers are one among my favorites to play in opposition to,” Kyrgios mentioned. “It has been an awesome week. Clearly I’ve performed 4 video games and received all 4, I used to be feeling nice. I undoubtedly felt like I used to be a risk to win the championship and transfer ahead in singles and doubles.”

Kyrgios plans to return to the ATP Tour later this month in Basel and Paris.

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Third seed Fritz has not received a match in his earlier three matches in Tokyo however has struggled exhausting to advance throughout this week’s draw within the Japanese capital. The American defeated James Duckworth and Hiroki Moriah in three units to set a quarter-final date with Kyrgios. The victories got here on the again of a week-long US spending in full quarantine as a consequence of constructive COVID-19 checks in Seoul final week.