Canada’s Shapovalov sees dominant Japan Open run end in semifinal loss to Fritz


Canada’s Denis Shapovalov misplaced to third-seeded Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 on the Japan Open on Saturday, organising an all-American ultimate that may even characteristic Frances Tiafoe.

The 26-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont. native, who was coming off a ultimate look on the Korean Open final weekend, was but to lose a set in Tokyo.

They traded high-quality pictures all through the match as they break up the primary two units.

Fritz slipped and nonetheless landed an excellent lob shot to win the break level in the decider and go 5-3 up earlier than sealing the match with an ace.

His victory ensured he’ll make his high 10 debut in subsequent week’s rankings.

It might be Fritz’s third ultimate this yr, having gained the opposite two at Indian Wells and Eastbourne.

In the opposite semifinal, Tiafoe added a little bit extra sparkle to his already glittering season by beating South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo 6-2 0-6 6-4.

The American, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final on the U.S. Open in September, reached his second title-decider of the season regardless of a poor second set in his victory.

“It was a bizarre match, however pleased to get by way of,” mentioned the 24-year-old. “In these form of matches … it isn’t all the time gonna be fairly, it isn’t all the time gonna be your greatest stuff, however a win is what issues.”

Kwon regarded nervous at instances in the opener and struggled to deal with Tiafoe’s deft mixture of accuracy, contact and energy because the American rattled off 5 video games in a row earlier than claiming the set 6-2. But the South Korean then swept the second set 6-0.

Fourth-seeded Tiafoe upped the ante in the third, profitable the 2 break factors he wanted to serve for the match at 5-2, solely to stumble as soon as extra.

The American sealed the win on the second time of asking with a cross-court forehand.


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