Canadian Denis Shapovalov remains unable to solve the riddle Alex de Minaur, who defeated him in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the quarter-finals of the tennis tournament in Stockholm, Friday.
The Australian thus signed a fourth win in as many career confrontations against “Shapo”. In August, de Minaur defeated his rival in the opening round of the National Bank Open in Montreal.
The 23rd player in the world took 1h 39min to triumph, although he did not succeed a single ace. He notably took advantage of the six double faults of Shapovalov, 20th on the ATP circuit, to make three breaks. The winner gave up his serve once. In addition, the Ontarian pocketed only 48% of the points disputed on his second balls.
Fourth seed of the competition, the loser had benefited from a pass in the second round before disposing by the Swiss Antoine Bellier.