Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov kept it positive after suffering a disappointing US Open quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Pablo Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 27 in the world, edged out world No. 17 Shapovalov in a five-setter 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) 0-6 6-3 to make his second US Open semifinal.
"Yeah, there's definitely a lot of positives that I don't see right now (smiling)," Shapovalov said after the match. "It's a tough moment. I was in that match, I had a good chance to win it. I was almost in every set.
Very frustrating right now. Tough to look at positives. "But for sure, a hell of a run for me. I'm lucky to be in this position. Taylor Fritz was serving for the match against me. Could have been out by the third round. It's definitely a great week and a half for me."
Carreno Busta shocked Shapovalov
After a dominant fourth-set win, Shapovalov expected to win the fifth as well and progress into the semifinal. But Carreno Busta showed great mental toughness and won the decider. "No, of course I didn't expect him to come to life like that, especially after the medical.
I mean, he looked dead in the fourth. It's a little bit shocking," Shapovalov admitted. "But, I mean, yeah, just unlucky in the tiebreakers. He played really solid. He went for it. I got a little bit tight. I had a little bit of a lead in the third set tiebreak, I blew that.
When he had a lead, he took it. Credits to him. He played a great match today." The 21-year-old Canadian was aiming to lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. He failed to do so but he now has even more belief in his game.
"Yeah, for sure. I think physically speaking I have what it takes. I need to mature a little bit more, be in these situations more often. It's my first quarterfinals," Shapovalov said. "I played tight, I did.
There's nothing to not say. I had a lot of opportunities a lot of chances. I came out tight. Played tight in the tiebreaks. I'm sure the next time I'll be in this situation I'll be more comfortable with it. "But, yeah, it's just growing from here.
Definitely physically speaking I feel good. I feel like I could go all the way. That's a positive. I found a positive (smiling)."