Sunday, July 22, 2018 03:03:03 AM
AFP, Montreal :
Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov saved four match points en route to a three-set victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva on Tuesday in the first round of the ATP Montreal Masters.
The 18-year-old trailed 4-6 in the second-set tiebreaker but saved all four match points he faced to force a third set.
"I don't remember all of them. Honestly, it's a little bit of a blur," Shapovalov said.
"I remember one of them, he passed me. I hit a pretty tough volley. It was a pretty long point there. On one of them, I remember I was pretty far back. I went for a backhand down the line, which was pretty good. I wasn't holding back.
"I just told myself, he's got to win it from me, I'm not going to give it to him. I think I did a good job to stay tough out there."
Shapovalov broke Brazil's Dutra Silva in the seventh game of the third and went on to close out a 4-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 victory.
"It's matches like this I live for and that I play for," said Shapovalov, who earned a second-round meeting with former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
With old-guard stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer taking a day off -- 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer to celebrate his 36th birthday-Shapovalov was one of a wealth of young talents to shine on Tuesday.
South Korean 21-year-old Chung Hyeon withstood 16 aces to beat 2014 semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3).
After the third set went to the tiebreaker without a break of serve, the 56th-ranked Chung built a 4-2 advantage and went on to secure the victory in two hours and 16 minutes.
He next faces ninth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Japan's Yuichi Sugita.
Croatian 20-year-old Borna Coric breezed past Russian lucky loser Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with top-seeded Nadal.
Coric has won two of three prior encounters with the Spanish great, who won a 10th French Open title this year and can regain the world number one ranking with a run to the semi-finals this week.
American Ernesto Escobedo, 21 years old and ranked 85th in the world, got his chance as a lucky loser when 10th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych withdrew with a rib injury.
Escobedo stepped in and defeated Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
Berdych, a semi-finalist at Los Cabos in Mexico last week, tweeted his regret at having to withdraw.
"I am sorry I have to apologize (to) all my Montreal fans," tweeted Berdych, who had played in 12 straight Canadian Masters. "I couldn't play, because of my rib disfunction I need to get well to go to office soon!!"
Third-seeded Dominic Thiem highlighted the evening action on Court Central, the 23-year-old Austrian taking on Argentina's Diego Schwartzman for a place in the third round.
Thiem, ranked seventh in the world, lifted a title in Rio de Janeiro this year and reached clay court finals in Barcelona and Madrid-losing to Nadal in both.
In other first-round action, American Sam Querrey defeated Vincent Millot for the second time in as many weeks, peppering the French qualifier with 18 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 win. Querrey beat Millot in the quarter-finals at Los Cabos en route to his 10th ATP title.
American Jack Sock, seeded 15th, also advanced, downing France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
The day is finally here and Ishaan Khatter - Janhvi Kapoor starrer Dhadak has hit the theatres. The film that marks the debut of late actress Sridevi's daughter opposite Shahid Kapoor's younger brother has won audiences heart. A remake of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat, Dhadak is helmed by director Shashank ...
Sanju has become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Sanju gives us a glimpse of the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt and touches upon sensitive issues like his addiction to drugs, his difficulty in dealing with the passing away of his mother and the label ...
THE lack of government's desire over holding elections to the regional council and the three District Councils in Chattogram Hill Tracts has long been depriving indigenous people of their right to have elected representatives in the local bodies. News media reported that for almost two decades, the District Councils have ...
AP, United Nations : The United States on Friday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's united support for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and pressed China and Russia to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea ...
ROHINGYA refugees reaching Bangladesh said violence, including torture, persists against them in Myanmar and the overall environment remains "menacing" for ethnic and religious minorities. UN human rights investigators carried out the Rohingya's plight after a five-day visit to the refugee camp of Kutupalong in Cox's Bazar where they interviewed new ...
AFP, Los Angeles :Juan Mata grabbed the 78th minute equalizer as Manchester United opened their pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Club America on Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.A header from Henry Martin in the 59th minute - past substitute goalkeeper Joel Pereira - had put Mexican outfit America in the ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :There was a family relationship between Kolkata’s popular film actress Rituparna Sengupta and Bangladeshi popular late hero Manna and his wife Shelly Manna. As a result, when Rituparna came to Bangladesh she always met Shelly Manna at her residence. Manna’s production house Kritanjali Chalachchitra is going to ...
AP, New Delhi :Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, accused the government of ...
BBC Online :US opposition politicians are calling for Donald Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress about his summit talks with Vladimir Putin.The lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, called for Marina Gross to be subpoenaed to appear at the committee.Controversy has raged over the summit, with ...