As in a dream

  • François-David Rouleau

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 00:02

    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 00:02

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    The storm Denis Shapovalov continues to wreak havoc at Uniprix Stadium. She made her way into the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup.

    The young Canadian has continued his dream course. He paid the French Adrian Mannarino, yesterday evening, in three sets of 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4. It continues to float on her cloud, pinning another victim to his array of hunting statement in Montreal after dropping Rogerio Dutra Silva, Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal.

    “I’m so happy to get out with the victory. I felt lazy in the first set. I was walking around the feet. Adrian has started in full force. I continued to beat myself up, and the wind has turned, ” he admitted at the exit of the field.

    Despite a beginning of the game is rather ordinary, it has demonstrated again his great strength of character and breadth of his talent in front of a sellout crowd of 11 700 spectators at Jarry park.

    At 18 years and 119 days, he continues to write his name in the book of the history of the ATP. He is the youngest tennis player to reach the semi-final of tournament of series Masters 1000. With another victory, he will make the top 70, who is currently 143rd globally.

    Energized by the crowd and exchanges winners of great quality, it has mystified his opponent, 42nd racket world, from the second set by dominating in all phases of the game. Fuel the adrenaline and encouragement, he has started to swim like a fish in water on the central court.

    “He just played better than me, just say Mannarino, shaken by the storm Shapovalov output field. It has better served, and it is a good player. “

    Under the shock and very little talkative, Mannarino has even refused to respond to questions from a French colleague about this sudden reversal of the situation in the third of the game, râlant while massaging his right wrist due to a fall.

    Apparent Fatigue

    In the beginning of the game, you would have thought that the reservoir of energy of Shapovalov was to sec If he said he was tired after having eliminated Rafael Nadal in nearly three hours the day before, he started off on the wrong foot her first career quarter-final of tournament ATP. His rival was broken as soon as his first tour in the service on a double fault. This decrease regime after the emotions experienced the previous day was to be expected for a young player.

    He began to find his rhythm late in the first round. With his problems on the fly at the net, and sometimes unlucky, he squandered the first set.

    The new star tennis has found his passion in the second heat with the encouragement fed the crowd. By attacking the deep zones of the court with powerful shots, forcing Mannarino to gaffer.

    A break in favour

    A break in the weather for 12 minutes because of the rain allowed him to recharge his batteries and turn with the wind in his favor. He then continued in force by breaking the French, thanks to his aggressiveness. He ended the inning on a hit, splendid in amount to the net. It was not necessary any more to lift the crowd and start the set ultimate with enthusiasm.

    Shapovalov quickly took the ascendency by breaking his opponent at his first opportunity. However, the latter is returned to the load in making him at once the favor.

    “The rain delay helped me to focus. It has cooled Adrian who played very well. I managed to take advantage of them and I gained their confidence, he explained.

    Mannarino has increased the rate of fire, but the young Canadian did not hesitate to follow suit, passing it under the nose of the hits, which he applauded. Shapo took the lead 5-4 in the ninth game then putting quickly the icing on the cake.

    This evening, it will cross the iron with German Alexander Zverev, who has indicated the path of the exit to Kevin Anderson in the last duel of the evening.

    The lucky Shapovalov, Wayne Gretzky, was no longer at his post on the lines of the sides last night.

    If he came to the final, Shapovalov percerait the top 50 in the world. And if he won the Rogers Cup, Shapovalov would increase to the 31st rank according to the predictions of the ATP.

    Statistics of the match

    Duration : 2 h 25 min

    Denis Shapovalov



    Adrian Mannarino



    Double faults

    51 %
    % of first services
    57 %

    67 %
    Points earned in the first service
    67 %

    53 %
    Points earned in the second service
    63 %

    73 %
    Balls break saved
    40 %

    Games played at the service

    33 %
    Earned Points in back of first services
    33 %

    38 %
    Earned Points in back of second services
    47 %

    60 %
    Balls of breakage converted
    27 %

    Games played in return

    60 %
    Total points earned in the service
    65 %

    35 %
    Total points earned in return
    40 %

    50 %
    Total points earned
    50 %


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