"..It's just complete trash scheduling. It's disappointing...how am I supposed to come out and play doubles now after a five-hour match?" Denis Shapovalov said disgustingly after losing a 5-set match in 5 hours to Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.
The Canadian left it all out on the court during his second round match, but he was serving for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the deciding set. The Spaniard kept making Shapovalov hit one more ball and too often it involved an unforced error.
The young Canadian played very well with crisp shots at times and spins and slices at others. Carbelles Baena looked as though he would falter upon tiredness at the 5th hour. Unfortunately for Shapovalov he was just getting a second wind and the 106 unforced errors wore down the Canadian's game severely.
The first tournament during the Pandemic, the Cincinnati Masters, Shapovalov lost in the second round to the German Jan-Lennard Struff who defeated him in three sets. The U.S. Open, he'd get to the quarterfinals with Pablo Carreno Busta but only to lose another 5 set match.
It appears that Shapovalov should shorten his time on the court to under the 5 hour mark which tends to not give him such good results.
Shapovalov had made it through to the SF with Schwartzman in Rome
It doesn't seem to be the Canadian's tour as each event he'd have the match unfortunately slip off his racket at the very end.
Cabelles Baena was feeling accomplished in defeating a player such as Shapovalov. "For me, it's amazing. It's the first time I beat a top 10 player. The first time I'm in the third round in a Grand Slam. First time I win a match in the 5th set.
So I couldn't be more happy." Well it wasn't a great day for Denis Shapovalov who'd lose a 5-hour match then had to play doubles afterwards and to lose that with his partner Rohan Bopanna. The next tournament should be special for the young Canadian as long as he keeps a cool head, play steady offense and defense and keep the game under 5 hours, he should be alright.