Arthur Rinderknech reacts to stunning No. 1 seed Denis Shapovalov in Doha



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Arthur Rinderknech reacts to stunning No. 1 seed Denis Shapovalov in Doha

World No. 61 Arthur Rinderknech admitted he felt "really happy" after stunning No. 1 seed Denis Shapovalov in Doha. Rinderknech, who is having his debut appearance in Dubai, stunned Shapovalov 6-4 6-4 to reach the semifinal at the tournament.

The head-to-head between Rinderknech and Shapovalov now stands at 1-1. Rinderknech, who was beaten by Shapovalov in Stockholm last year, got his revenge on Thursday in Doha. "It feels great to win and be through to the semi-finals, especially against a great player," Rinderknech said, per the ATP website.

"I am really happy. I worked pretty hard during the off-season, I think my body is in good shape, which helps."

Rnderknech saw off Shapovalov

No break points were seen in the first six games of the first set and it seemed there would be no break points in the seventh game either.

Shapovalov blew three consecutive game points in the seventh game as Rinderknech realized his first break point to take a 4-3 lead. After claiming the first break of the match, Rinderknech served out for the opener in the 10th game.

Rinderknech put the pressure on Shapovalov early on in the second set as he realized his sixth break point in the opening game to start the second set with a break. Rinderknech twice had a chance to go up by a double break but Shapovalov saved two break points in the fifth game and one more break point in the seventh game.

After saving break points in the fifth and seventh games, Shapovalov earned his first break point chances in the eighth game. Unfortunately for Shapovalov, he blew three consecutive break points in the eighth game as Rinderknech took a 5-3 lead.

Shapovalov served out the ninth game to reduce the deficit to 5-4 but Rinderknech routinely served out for the match in the following game. Rinderknech now has a good chance to make the Doha final as he plays next Nikoloz Basilashvili. Rinderknech and Basilashvili clashed in Halle last year and back then the Georgian claimed a straight-set win.