Canada’s Shapovalov falls to Rublev in 5-set marathon at US Open

Russia’s Andrey Rublev rallied to beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(7) in a tough third-round singles match men’s Saturday at the US Open.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., had 23 aces and 76 game-winning points in the game, which lasted four hours seven minutes. But he also recorded 72 unforced errors, compared to 38 for ninth-seeded Rublev, who finished with nine aces and 38 winners.

And while both players recorded four service breaks, Rublev had half as many chances as Shapovalov (nine to 17). Shapovalov entered the match as the last remaining Canadian in singles at the Grand Slam event.

Rublev broke Shapovalov for the fourth time to go ahead 5-4 in the fifth set, but the Canadian, after saving three match points, recorded his fourth break of serve to make it 5-5. The two then detained serve to force the deciding tiebreaker.

After falling 3-0 behind, Shapovalov came back to make it 3-3. Rublev took a 5-3 lead and the Canadian came back again to make it 5-4.

Rublev took an 8-4 lead and Shapovalov fought back to make it 8-6.

Rublev and Shapovalov stayed on serve for the first nine games of the opening set before Rublev converted his first break attempt to secure the 6-4 victory. Shapovalov struggled with his first serve (39%) and failed to convert either of his two break points.

But the Canadian returned the favor in the second set, registering a pair of break points en route to a 5-1 advantage. After Rublev held serve, Shapovalov then did it for a 6-2 win to tie the game.

WATCH | Shapovalov’s US Open run ends in a 3rd round thriller:

Shapovalov knocked out of US Open in 3rd round thriller

The Canadian lost to Andrey Rublev 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(10-7) to end his run at the US Open.

The Canadian improved his first serve to 51% entering the third set while registering seven aces to Rublev’s only one.

The two went back to holding serve for the first six games of the third set to force the tiebreaker. But the Canadian had the upper hand, winning 7-3 for a 2-1 advantage.

But Rublev forced a deciding fifth set by winning the fourth 6-4. And while Shapovalov had fired 18 aces by then – Rublev had five – the Canadian was only 52% on his first serve (Rublev was 60%) and both players had recorded three breaks, although that Shapovalov had double the opportunities (14 to 7).

Earlier in the day, Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and partner Daria Saville of Russia lost their women’s doubles second-round match 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-7 (10 ) against the American Bernarda Pera. and Dalma Galfia from Hungary.

Pegula reaches the 4th round for the 1st time

Jessica Pegula reached the fourth round of the US Open for the first time by beating qualifier Yuan Yue 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Eighth-seeded Pegula wasted a chance to wrap up when she held match point in the tiebreaker but finished the third set within half an hour.

Pegula, a 28-year-old American whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, finished with nearly twice as many winners as Yuan, 35-18.

Up next for Pegula: She takes on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Monday with a quarter-final spot on the line.

Pegula entered Saturday 0-2 in third-round matches at Flushing Meadows, losing at that point to Kvitova in 2020 and Belinda Bencic in 2021.

Pegula started his Grand Slam career by going 3-8. She’s gone 22-7 since, including the quarter-finals at the Australian Open each of the past two years and the French Open this year.

Kvitova clears a pair of match points en route to victory

Kvitova erased a pair of match points and converted her fourth to edge Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) in a showdown between two great champions.

Kvitova reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the seventh time. She reached the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2017.

She kept coming back – after losing the first set, after leading 5-2 in the third, after being within a point of losing twice at 6-5.

Here’s how close this one was: Kvitova won 109 points overall, Muguruza 108.

It took the tiebreaker of the new format to determine the winner. The four Grand Slam tournaments have agreed to adopt a uniform system this year, with the women’s third rounds of matches and the men’s fifth rounds decided by a first-to-10, win-by-two formula; the US Open used to have the more traditional first-to-seven setup.

Kvitova, a left-hander who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, overcame 12 double faults with 14 aces and 50 winners in total. She improved to 6-1 against No.9 seed Muguruza, the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion.

Alcaraz, 19, eliminates Brooksby

Carlos Alcaraz has become the youngest man since Pete Sampras in 1989 and 1990 to reach the fourth round of the US Open in a row. Alcaraz, 19, beat Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Alcaraz reached the quarter-finals last year aged 18.

Alcaraz was down 3-0 in the third set until winning six straight to take off and dominate Brooksby. Brooksby was 20 last year when he went to the fourth round, where Novak Djokovic knocked him out in four sets.

Alcaraz, always hustling, on the move, seemed to blow a pair of sneakers and needed a change of shoes during the game. He presented another pair of sneakers to the fans to celebrate the win.

Alcaraz advances to play the winner of Marin Cilic against Daniel Evans.

cbc sp

Back to top button