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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

  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.

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. "It's something I've wanted to work towards for all my life," Shapovalov said.

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. "It's something I've wanted to work towards for all my life," Shapovalov said.

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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Shapovalov shoots up rankings Berdych win . 79dAssociated Press. Azarenka reaches Silicon Valley Classic quarters. 13h. 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

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. ''It's something I've wanted to work towards for all my life,'' Shapovalov said.

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 – making him the top Canadian. “It’s something I’ve wanted to work towards for all my life,” Shapovalov said. “So, to be able to do that, it’s

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.

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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French Open: Denis Shapovalov advances into 2nd round .
Denis Shapovalov has advanced to the second round at the French Open. The Canadian teen, seeded 24th, defeated John Millman of Australia 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 in a first-round match on Tuesday. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set, fighting off one set point in the process. After a rail delay halted play for an hour with Shapovalov trailing 3-2 in the second set, the Canadian lost just three games the rest of the way in his French Open main draw debut. Shapovalov will face Maximilian Marterer of Germany, ranked 70th in the world, in the second round.

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