Alexander Zverev, beaten by Denis Shapovalov in three sets in the 4th round of the Australian Open 2022, once again misses the chance to move forward in the portion of the board left vacant by the world number one. Zverev made thirty-two unforced errors against the seventeen winners: not very lucid in the choices from the baseline, slow in moving, passive even in response.
Shapovalov takes advantage of it in the best possible way and without even resorting to special effects takes control of the situation from the first fifteen, maintains control, seals the success at 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3 (squandering among other things also a break ahead in the second) and after a streak of seventeen consecutive defeats breaks the taboo against a Top 5.
On the Rod Laver Arena he will play his third career Grand Slam quarter-final after those at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows. Below is the perfect old-style Serve & Volley performed by the Canadian in the third game of the third set.