ATP Australian Open: Denis Shapovalov beats Alexander Zverev in straight sets



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ATP Australian Open: Denis Shapovalov beats Alexander Zverev in straight sets

The 14th seed Denis Shapovalov is through to his third Major quarter-final and the first at the Australian Open. The Canadian took down the 3rd seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and 21 minutes, playing on a high level and setting the quarter-final clash against a 20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal.

Shapovalov hit 11 double faults, but that did not spoil his progress, losing serve twice and delivering four breaks to control the scoreboard. Zverev struggled on the second serve and hit 18 winners and 32 unforced errors, serving for the second set but losing his opportunity to stay in touch.

The German lost the ground in the mid-range and most extended exchanges, finding it hard to deal with the rival's initial shot and experiencing another failure at Majors. Alexander is now 4-15 against the top-20 opponents at Major events and will have to wait until Roland Garros to seek his first crown at the top-tier level.

Denis Shapovalov defeated Alexander Zverev for his first Australian Open QF.

A left-hander saved two break points in the encounter's opening game with service winners and brought it home with another to avoid an early setback.

In the fourth game, Alexander netted a routine forehand to fall 3-1 behind before Denis held at love with a booming serve to increase the advantage. The Canadian served well in the rest of the set and placed a volley winner at the net at 5-3 to wrap up the opener in 38 minutes.

At the beginning of the second set, Denis seized the third break chance after Alexander's forehand mistake, and the German smashed his racquet in anger. Zverev broke back in game four to level the score at 2-2 and served well in games five and seven to get the rhythm.

World no. 3 broke again in game eight to open a 5-3 gap and serve for the set. Staying composed, Shapovalov pulled the break back with a volley winner at the net and held at 30 with a mighty forehand down the line winner in game ten for 5-5.

Zverev placed a backhand winner to reduce the deficit to 4-5 in the tie break and saved the first set point at 4-6 after Shapovalov's double fault. Serving at 5-6, Alexander played a loose forehand to hand the set to his opponent, who built a massive advantage after almost 70 minutes of a grueling battle.

With nothing working his way, Zverev sprayed a backhand mistake in the third set's second game to fall further behind and lost the finishing line from his sight. In game three, Denis confirmed the advantage with a service winner and held at love for a 4-1 lead.

Serving for the victory at 5-3, the Canadian forced a mistake from the German to emerge at the top and set a thrilling quarter-final encounter against Rafael Nadal.