ATP Winston-Salem: Shapovalov, Kecmanovic, Hurkacz, Tiafoe lead young guns

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ATP Winston-Salem: Shapovalov, Kecmanovic, Hurkacz, Tiafoe lead young guns

The 11th seed Pablo Carreno Busta is through to the last 16 in Winston-Salem after a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win over Marius Copil in two hours and one minute. Facing no troubles in sets he won, Pablo controlled the pace in the first and third sets, taking the lead with a strong performance in the opener after breaks in games three and nine.

Copil started to play better in set number two, opening a 5-3 advantage before Carreno Busta bounced back, only to lose the set in the tie break before another excellent display in the decider, breaking in the first game and keeping the lead all the way.

The 7th seed Lorenzo Sonego needed 69 minutes to dismiss a qualifier Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, dropping 11 points in nine service games and fending off both break chances to mount the pressure on the Bosnian. Damir served at 71% but that brought him nothing, losing almost half of the points in his games and suffering three breaks from nine opportunities offered to the Italian.

Lorenzo took charge in the opener with breaks in games two and six, delivering even more efficient numbers on serve in set number two and rattling off the last 12 points of the match at 4-5 to seal the deal in style. The 14th seed John Millman took down Marco Cecchinato 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes, landing only 41% of the first serve in but never facing a break point despite an extended encounter.

The struggling Italian survived two set points at 5-6 in the opener, reaching a tie break that he won 7-5, unable to stay on the same course in sets two and three and suffering three breaks to propel the Aussie through. Steve Johnson dismissed the 5th seed Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-1, fending off both break chances and taking the last six games to race over the finish line.

Duck Hee Lee became the first deaf player with an ATP win, staying on that single victory after a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 defeat to the 3rd seed Hubert Hurkacz in two hours and two minutes. After losing the opening set, Hubert grabbed ten straight games to serve a bagel and forge the advantage in the decider, wasting the match point in game seven before sealing the deal two games later for the place in the last 16.

The 13th seed Miomir Kecmanovic toppled Alexei Popyrin 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes, beating the Aussie for the second time in a few weeks after Washington. Both players struggled to find the first serve and it was Kecmanovic who drew the most from it, giving serve away once and prevailing in the first set tie break and with two breaks in set number two.

Popyrin fended off all five break chances in the opener before losing the edge in the closing stages of the tie break, staying in touch until 3-3 in the second set before Miomir rattled off 12 of the last 13 points to stay on the title course.

Heading to Winston-Salem with just 17 wins in 2019, Denis Shapovalov asked for a wild card to play more matches ahead of the US Open and made a winning start thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 win in an hour and 16 minutes. Denis grabbed the first set with breaks in games six and eight, taking seven straight games to open a 3-0 lead in set number two before Sandgren raced into a 4-3 advantage, gathering the momentum before the Canadian turned the tables with breaks in games eight and ten to improve his score in 2019 to an 18-18.