Shapovalov, Tsitsipas Lead #NextGenATP Charge
Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas are through to the third round of the Citi Open after battling back from the brink to keep their rain-delayed Washington campaigns alive on Wednesday. Ninth seed Shapovalov, in third place in the ATP Race to Milan, recovered from 1-4 down in the third set to deny 22-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The 19-year-old Canadian, contesting his first match since a second-round Wimbledon exit, fired 15 aces to Medvedev’s two and claimed 41 of 47 points on his first serve. The win sets up a third-round encounter with seventh seed Kei Nishikori.
Tsitsipas, in second place in the ATP Race to Milan, teetered even closer to defeat as he fought off two match points against American Jared Donaldson to prevail 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Donaldson had broken to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third set, only to concede the final three games to the Greek. Tsitsipas will meet Australian James Duckworth in the third round.
"It was a tough match. Jared is a fighter and gave me a really hard time," Tsitsipas said. "In certain moments I was a little more patient, had a clear mind of what I was doing and managed to stay in the rally, play aggressive, play deep enough to get my opportunities. My return was super important today. Jared is a huge server and my return was the thing that gave me the win."
No. 13 seed Frances Tiafoe won an all-#NextGenATP clash against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-4. Tiafoe, in fourth place in the ATP Race to Milan, struck 10 aces and saved four of five break points. He will next meet third seed David Goffin for a place in the quarter-finals.
#NextGenATP American wild card Tommy Paul survived Australian qualifier Alex Bolt 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-2 in a first-round match held over due to rain. On double duty, the 21-year-old World No. 256 is currently locked in an all-#NextGenATP third-round clash with Andrey Rublev. The 20-year-old Russian is currently No. 8 in the ATP Race To Milan.
Earlier, inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung also advanced. The South Korean rebounded to deny Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3 and will meet either American No. 11 seed Steve Johnson or #NextGenATP Australian Alex de Minaur.