Denis Shapovalov: Never easy to play Feliciano Lopez on grass



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Denis Shapovalov: Never easy to play Feliciano Lopez on grass

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov couldn't hide his happiness after beating two-time Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez. Shapovalov, seeded at No. 2, beat former world No. 12 Lopez 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Queen's quarterfinal.

The two players were tied at 2-2 after the opening four games, before Shapovalov claimed back-to-back breaks to win the set. In the second set, Shapovalov broke Lopez in the fourth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the match to book a straight-set win.

“It’s never easy playing Feliciano, especially on these courts on grass,” Shapovalov said in an on-court interview. “I’m super happy to get the win… When you have a big server like Feliciano, you kind of have to guess [on the return] and hopefully you get a racquet on it.

I was hoping for a lot of second serves today”.

Shapovalov enjoys playing on grass

“[Grass] is a surface I’ve always loved to play on,” Shapovalov said. “Everyone in their career needs to learn how to play on it and we don’t have too much time to practise on it.

It’s definitely a game I’m developing and learning how to play here, but it always feels so natural and amazing to be on the court”. Shapovalov, ranked at No. 14 in the world, plays Frances Tiafoe next. Tiafoe, ranked at No.

65 in the world, handed a 6-3 7-6 (3) loss to former world No. 12 Viktor Troicki. “I’ve always really liked playing on grass,” Tiafoe said. “It suits my game; I have a really flat backhand and I’m a guy who really loves to play with intangibles.

I’m just really enjoying myself right now. I’m trying to enjoy the game and just have fun with it and not take it so seriously and putting too much pressure on myself. It’s been working out pretty well”.