RICHMOND HILL TENNIS PHENOM REACHES 4TH ROUND AT U.S. OPEN
Sep 01, 2017
By Bob Komsic
Denis Shapovalov’s run at Flushing Meadows continues.
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The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill was leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 before British opponent Kyle Edmund was forced to retire during their third-round match with a neck injury.
”It’s never great to win this way,” said Shapovalov. ”Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious. Kyle’s been playing unbelievable tennis so if he keeps it up he’s going to be doing really well. He’s a very tough opponent. It’s very unfortunate but at the same time it’s great to be on to the next round.”
He’s now the youngest player since Michael Change in 1989 to advance to the round of 16.
Shapovalov plays 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain Saturday.
The Canadian’s dream summer continues.
After becoming the youngest man to reach a Masters semifinal last month at the Rogers Cup, he came into the U.S. Open ranked 69th in the world but will likely move up because of how he’s playing at the final Grand Slam tournament of the season.