MIAMI — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov did not get the beginning he wished Saturday, however he nonetheless managed to grit out a win in second-round motion on the Miami Open.
The 21-year-old native of Richmond Hill, Ont., downed Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion in a match marked by a number of rain delays.
Shapovalov struggled at occasions on Saturday, with 11 double faults. The No. 6 seed had a first-round bye and mentioned it is all the time troublesome to start out a match towards somebody who’s already performed.
“Positively an excellent powerful one towards Ivashka. I feel he performed rather well,” Shapovalov mentioned. “Clearly he was in prime kind.”
In the end, he landed eight aces and saved 86 per cent of his break factors in a match that lasted greater than three hours.
The Canadian was happy to show issues round.
“There’s a whole lot of moments, even in a comeback, the place the match can flip once more,” he mentioned. “However I used to be actually comfortable to form of keep on the accelerator. I felt like I used to be main the second and third set and I felt like I had a whole lot of probabilities so I am actually comfortable I used to be capable of finally convert on these and get the win at present.”
Shapovalov will now face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz within the third spherical.
It is a acquainted opponent for the younger Canadian _ the pair met on the Dubai Championships final week, the place Shapovalov bested Hurkacz 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. He was later knocked out of the semifinals by South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.
Going through Hurkacz once more will make for a “tremendous tough” match, Shapovalov mentioned.
“Hopefully I can use that confidence and use these moments from final week and attempt to transition it to this week,” he mentioned. “After all, it is completely different situations, completely different floor, so it should be a brand new match and positively a troublesome battle forward of me.”
Shapovalov has had success on the Miami Open earlier than, making the semifinals in 2019. He is the third Canadian man to maneuver on on this yr’s match.
Milos Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia’s Jordan Thompson earlier on Saturday.
Raonic, the twelfth seed in Miami, fired 14 aces and received 96 per cent of first serve factors to advance to the third spherical.
He did not face break level and transformed three of the seven break alternatives he had towards Thompson.
The Canadian mentioned he was pleased with the short begin in Miami after struggling at a match in Acapulco, Mexico, earlier this month, the place he was upset within the spherical of 16 to world No. 71 Dominik Koepfer.
“To begin the match like this was very constructive,” Raonic mentioned. “I used to be significantly better with my serve than I used to be on the final match. I really feel higher bodily as properly, so all these issues are trending in a constructive approach for me.”
Raonic mentioned he picked up an harm on the Australian Open, the place he misplaced within the spherical of 16 to eventual winner Novak Djokovic, and should have returned to motion too early at Acapulco.
“I did not give myself an sincere effort to have the ability to be prepared in time,” Raonic mentioned. “Since my final match in Acapulco to at present I feel it has been nearly 10 days. That has helped me lots and I hope it is one thing I can maintain bodily for the remainder of the occasion.”
It was the primary assembly between the Canadian veteran and the Sixtieth-ranked Australian.
Raonic, who had a first-round bye, will subsequent face France’s Ugo Humbert.
Raonic has reached the Miami quarterfinals 3 times, most just lately in 2018.
Fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal booked his spot within the third spherical with a 6-4, 6-4 win over France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Friday. Auger-Aliassime will face American veteran John Isner on Sunday.
On the ladies’s aspect, eighth seed Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., will face American Amanda Anisimova on Sunday; Andreescu superior to the third spherical with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Tereza Martincova on Friday.