Sports Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych

22:31  15 may  2018
22:31  15 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Shapovalov surpasses Raonic as top Canadian on ATP rankings

  Shapovalov surpasses Raonic as top Canadian on ATP rankings Denis Shapovalov is the new top ranked Canadian singles tennis player. The post Shapovalov surpasses Raonic as top Canadian on ATP rankings appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Denis Shapovalov is the new top ranked Canadian singles tennis player.

Roger Federer was uncharactistically nervous before his match against old foe Tomas Berdych . “My nervousness doesn’t depend on the rankings of the other players. Shapovalov taking cues from Nadal.

Watch as Denis Shapovalov wins the tie break to beat world number-one Rafael Nadal and move on at the Rogers Cup. The Richmond Hill, Ont., native did it in front of 11,000 screaming fans, who packed Stade Uniprix to the brim and rose to their feet with every passing shot he managed.

Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a ball to Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a ball to Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

ROME (AP)-- Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov pulled off another big win, overcoming a slow start to beat 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.

Also on the red clay of the Foro Italico, three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova defeated 16th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

The 19-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a semifinal appearance in last week's Madrid Open, where he beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the Round of 16.

Shapovalov cracks top 30 for first time

  Shapovalov cracks top 30 for first time Canada's Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 30 in the ATP World Tour men's singles rankings for the first time Monday after his strong performance at the recent Madrid Open. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rose 14 spots to No. 29, the biggest jump of any player in the top 50. The 19-year-old left-hander reached the semifinal of the clay-court tournament last week, falling to eventual champion Alexander Zverev of Germany. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rose 14 spots to No. 29, the biggest jump of any player in the top 50.

The Serb's celebrations at the O2 Arena after Tomas Berdych sent a final shot wide on Friday His comfortable 6-2, 6-2, win over Berdych had just sealed another year-end No. 1 ranking and a "Besides winning his seventh Grand Slam title at the All England Club, Djokovic was also runner- up

But it's unlikely many anticipated his rise up the rankings to come this quickly. Richmond Hill teenager youngest in ATP’s top 200 rankings . After winning the junior U.S. Open in 2015 and junior Wimbledon in 2016, Shapovalov showed he was ready for the main tour with an upset win over

Already up to a career-high ranking of 29th this week, the victory over Berdych will move Shapovalov ahead of No. 22 Raonic when next week's rankings come out - making him the top Canadian.

Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a backhand to Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a backhand to Zarina Diyas, of Kazakhstan, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Shapovalov is already the youngest player in the top 30 since Richard Gasquest reached No. 17 in 2005 at the age of 19.

Showing off his crafty game, Shapovalov made an audacious foray to the net to conclude one point with an overhead smash as he ran out to a 4-0 lead in the decisive tiebreaker.

Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a ball to Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, returns a ball to Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Berdych came back to make it 5-5 but the left-handed Shapovalov then drew his opponent into the net and unleashed a wicked one-handed backhand passing shot down the line.

Shapovalov becomes youngest Madrid semi-finalist

  Shapovalov becomes youngest Madrid semi-finalist Canada's Denis Shapovalov on Friday became the youngest player to reach the Madrid Masters semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 win over Britain's Kyle Edmund.The 19-year-old Shapovalov, regarded as one of the brightest stars on the ATP Tour and ranked at 43 in the world, fired 29 winners past Edmund, a surprise semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.

Tags: Cincinnati ATP Masters , Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych . Thinking about his lackluster loss to Denis Shapovalov in Montreal last week, I began to The combination that had worked so well for him last year—the slice crosscourt backhand to set up the inside-out forehand—was working again.

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On his first match point, Shapovalov wrong-footed Berdych with another shot down the line that his opponent couldn't get back.

The risk-taking Shapovalov committed twice as many unforced errors as Berdych but also hit more than three times as many winners.

On a day in which the start of play was delayed and then interrupted by rain, 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman eliminated Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 6-1, and 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille held off Italian wild card Andreas Seppi before a partisan crowd, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3)

Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, returns a ball to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP): Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, returns a ball to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. © Provided by Associated Press Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, returns a ball to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the final of the Barcelona Open last month, advanced when Borna Coric retired while trailing 4-1.

In the women's tournament, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber defeated Kazakh qualifier Zarina Diyas 6-2, 7-6 (6), and 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina beat Australian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 6-4.

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Raonic advances in Madrid to face No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in 2nd round .
​Milos Raonic defeated Nicolas Kicker 6-3, 6-2 on Monday to set up a second-round encounter with third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov at the Madrid Open. Fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov got past Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-1, 6-4. Raonic's Canadian teammate, Denis Shapovalov, got past Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-1, 6-4 and next meets Frenchman Benoit Paire, who hit 39 winners to defeat 18th-ranked Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-3.

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