Shapovalov remains perfect at Japan Open, beats Coric to advance to semifinal


Canadian Denis Shapovalov remains perfect at the Japan Open.

The seventh-seeded Canadian superior to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Croatia’s Borna Coric on Friday.

“I feel I performed nice at the moment,” stated Shapovalov. “In common, my degree the final two weeks has been nice, so I’m very completely satisfied to be again within the semis.”

The 26-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont. native, who’s coming off a closing look at the Korean Open on Sunday, has but to lose a set in Tokyo.

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Denis Shapovalov dominates at the Japan Open

Denis Shapovalov confirmed his pace, energy and ability, defeating Slovakia’s Boran Coric 6-4,6-3 to punch his ticket into the Japan Open semi finals towards American Taylor Fritz.

Shapovalov will subsequent face American Taylor Fritz, who superior to the Japan Open semifinals after Nick Kyrgios withdrew due to a left knee harm on Friday.

Fritz, who spent every week in quarantine after testing testing constructive for COVID-19 in Seoul final week, will meet Shapovalov for the fifth time in his profession. The Canadian was a winner in 4 of these matches.

The 23-year-old Fritz was a last-minute arrival in Tokyo, due to his COVID-19 analysis.

“So for certain the remainder was good for him at the moment,” Shapovalov stated. “He’s a really tough opponent. I feel it is going to be an ideal match for each of us. I feel we’re each very thrilling to watch and we have had some superb battles previously, so it is going to be actually enjoyable tennis.”

Frances Tiafoe reached the semifinals by beating Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-4. Tiafoe, who has not dropped a set in Tokyo, will likely be making his fourth semifinal look this season.

“I used to be transferring very well. I hit the ball nicely from the again of the court docket,” Tifoe stated. “I made it actually robust for Miomir at the moment. He performed some nice tennis. I used to be fortunate sufficient to get it completed in straight units. Performances like this are huge.”

Tiafoe will subsequent tackle Kwon Soon-woo. The South Korean defeated Pedro Martinez 6-3, 6-0.

Kyrgios’ knee harm additionally pressured him to withdraw from the doubles semifinals, the place he and accomplice Thanasi Kokkinakis had been scheduled to play Mackenzie McDonald and Marcelo Melo.


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