Denis Shapovalov Vanquishes Stan Wawrinka, Advances To Semifinals At St. Petersburg Open 2020

October 16, 2020 6:51 pm

The St. Petersburg Open 2020 continues to entertain fans with some nail-biting tennis action following the success of the French Open 2020. Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka took on Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinals this afternoon. It was an opportunity for both of them to push back the failure of the Roland Garros and return to winning ways.

While second seed Shapovalov was eager to prove himself in the tournament, 2016 runner up Stan Wawrinka was hoping to brush aside his upset loss to Hugo Gaston at the Roland Garros.

Shapovalov stormed past Stan Wawrinka in straight sets, with the scoreline reading 6-4, 7-5 in favor of the Canadian.

Denis Shapovalov took the first set

The inaugural set of the match began in a rhythmic manner. The set was nicely poised as both the players distributed the first four games between themselves.

The scoreline was 2-2 as both the players held their services. Consequently, the Canadian drew the first blood of the match. As Stan was serving to go up in the set, Shapovalov broke his service and took the lead.

Shapovalov held on to his service to extend the lead to 4 games to 2. Wawrinka survived a scare as Shapovalov came from behind and was almost on the verge of breaking his service for the second time in the set. However, Wawrinka kept his nerve and took the scores to 4-3.

Shapovalov was two games away from pocketing the first set, and Stan needed to break his service to draw the level. His efforts went in vain as Shapovalov held on to his service to inch closer to take the set. Stan won another game on his serve the score read 5-4 in favor of the Canadian.

Shapovalov cruised past the experienced Swiss professional in the first set. He served for the set and was able to claim it without much difficulty. The final scoreline read 6-4 in favor of Shapovalov.

Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his quarter-final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Canadian bagged the second set as well

Stan went on to serve after losing the first set. He drew the first game to his name to open the scoresheet for the second set. Denis Shapovalov was flying high on confidence after bagging the first set. He held on to his service and went on to break Stan’s service to take two games in a row and go 2-1 up in a jiffy.

The 35-year-old lost his service and was searching for an opportunity to bounce back. Shapovalov served to go ahead by two games. However, Stan spoilt the party as he won his second game, breaking Shapovalov’s service. The scores were drawn level with 2 games each.

Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in action during his quarter-final match against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Following the early breaks from both sides, the match rolled off to the equal distribution of games. Both the players held on to their services to take the scores to 4 games each.

Stan Wawrinka went ahead of Shapovalov by claiming his 5th game of the set. The Canadian youngster didn’t hold back either as he pulled off the next game to tie the scores 5-5.

The second set turned out to be quite competitive. However, Shapovalov was successful in breaking Stan’s service to go ahead and stay a game away from victory.

Shapovalov served to take the set and the match. The experience of Stan Wawrinka made things difficult for the Candian as he grabbed a couple of quick points. However, Shapovalov came from behind to take the game to deuce and ultimately overcame Stan to take the set 7-5.




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