ATP: Denis Shapovalov does not last forever in Tokyo

ATP: Denis Shapovalov doesn't hang around in Tokyo


Canadian Denis Shapovalov settled the case of Japanese Rio Noguchi very quickly in a second-round match at the Tokyo tennis tournament on Thursday, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 .

The 22nd-ranked ATP holder needed 57 short minutes to defeat his rival from qualifying.

Seventh seed, Shapovalov did not lie the predictions against the 291st player in the world. He won 81% of the points contested on his initial serve, while Noguchi pocketed 52% of the points played when he had the first balls in hand. The maple leaf athlete didn't have to save a single break point, while in return he broke four times in six occasions.

“I'm really happy to be in the quarter here. I have always believed that I can deliver good tennis late in the year and I still do this time. Hopefully I can continue from there, the man who reached the final in Seoul a few days ago told the ATP website. The fast surface suits my game well. I think I served well on this court. […] I will try to take advantage of it this week.

In the quarter-finals, the Ontarian will have a more imposing task to perform, because his opponent will be the ninth seed of the competition and champion of the Cincinnati tournament this year, the Croatian Borna Coric.

“He is a complicated player to face. I had some trouble against him and he played good tennis during the season. It will be a tough match,” said Shapovalov, who lost his two career duels to his next opponent in 2018.

Pospisil advances

At the Challenger in Vendée, France, British Columbian Vasek Pospisil defeated local player Jules Marie in two identical sets 6-3 in a second-round clash.

Winning in 1h 13min, the Canadian will face in the third round the winner of the all-American match between Jack Sock and J.J. Wolf. The latter is the second seed of the competition.