Sports Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych

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

Shapovalov becomes youngest Madrid semi-finalist

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

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

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.

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ROME — 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

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

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 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.

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

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

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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Shapovalov looking to build on strong year .
Rewind to 12 months ago when Canada's Denis Shapovalov was barely in the top 200 and playing lower-level Futures and Challenger tennis tournaments. What a difference a year makes. Shapovalov has emerged as one of the ATP World Tour's top young stars and is showing that last season's breakout was no fluke. He has defeated some of the best players in the world over the last year and recently became the top-ranked Canadian on the circuit. He's a What a difference a year makes.

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