Engaged in the Miami ATP Masters 1000, 21-years-old Denis Shapovalov overtook the Belarusian Illya Ivashka in three sets, with a score of 6-7 6-4 6-4. "I am satisfied with my victory," said the Canadian after the match, as revealed by Punto de Break, "but I had to suffer a lot to get the success.
I have to congratulate Ivashka on the great match he played. He played very well. It's never easy to get to a Masters 1000 where he has a bye in the first round and your opponent has already played a game before you. The first set was very hard and he was more solid in the most important moments of the match.
I'm happy to have overturned the result." Denis then briefly mentioned his next opponent, the Polish Hubert Hurkacz: "It will be a really complicated match. Hubert and I have challenged each other many times and the last one took place very recently, in Dubai.
He is a player capable of doing everything on the pitch and I will have to be very careful to be able to counter him. A week ago I beat him in two sets, but the conditions here in Miami are different and it's a completely different match.
A tough battle awaits me."
Shapovalov supports Vasek Pospisil
Finally, the North American number 11 took the defense of compatriot Vasek Pospisil, who a few days ago severely attacked Andrea Gaudenzi , chairman of the ATP Tour, in his first round match against Mackenzie McDonald.
He said: "I don't know what happened in that match because I was not there. Knowing Vasek, something really big must have happened in that conversation with Gaudenzi. I've heard several players talk about it and it's still not very clear to me what really happened.
Obviously I'm on the side of the PTPA. I have a feeling that we are not well represented. I won't talk much about this. The ATP is simply not doing everything it can. There are players who are trying to help within the ATP to bring information or sponsors and that the ATP does not seem to appreciate. They just want us to play tennis and I don't think it's right."