Tennis News: Denis Shapovalov was known for having a stuffed wolf in the player’s box early in his career, but at this week’s Washington Open (Citi Open) he had to defeat JJ Wolf.
The host tennis player surprisingly beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the second round of the Washington Open.
Although the hosts only had three aces, far less than sixth seed Shapovalov, who had 20 aces, the hosts had more success on the first and second serve, winning 81% of the points on their first serve .
Motivated by the crowds themselves, Wolf also had success on the net winning 13 of 16 points contested on the net in a game that lasted 2 hours 17 minutes.
Entering the Washington Open as a player to enter the top 100 for the first time, the hosts moved up nine places to 90th in the world. Going 6-4 this season, he has reached the last 16 twice this season, including in Acapulco and Houston. He also won the Masters 1000 tournament held in Indian Wells and Miami after coming through the qualifying round.
Between Wolf and a berth in the Washington Open quarterfinals is ninth seed Holger Rune who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2.
Meanwhile, in his first match since a painful Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Rafael Nadal, fellow host Taylor Fritz cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Australian Alexei Popyrin, including a break at the end of each set. . Fritz also faced no break point opportunities until he got two 15/40 chances before picking up the win.
This week, third seed Fritz is targeting a third title of the season (Indian Wells and Eastbourne) in his third appearance in Washington. He is now 17-5 in hard-court tournaments this season and will next face 16th seed Dan Evans for a spot in the quarter-finals.
In other action, another host tennis player, Maxime Cressy managed to frustrate his compatriot, Jack Sock with 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. With the win, he avenged a four-set loss to Sock when they met in the second round of Wimbledon this season. In the third round, the 13th seed, Cressy will face the first seed, Andrey Rublev.
Meanwhile, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios’ steps didn’t stop in Washington after he managed to eliminate 14th seed Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-4. For a place in the quarter-finals, Kyrgios will have to duel against fourth seed Reilly Opelka who topped their head-to-head 3-0.
Unlike host tennis player Kyrgios, Opelka had to give it their all after losing the first set before beating compatriot Denis Kudla 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Tags: Tennis, Washington Open, JJ Wolf, Denis Shapovalov, Taylor Fritz, Nick Kyrgios
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