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Even after a miserable 1st set in his Rome debut, Denis said he still had the confidence to turn the match around. AND HE DID, defeating Tomas Berdych🇨🇿in a gutsy, comeback win 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) in 2 hrs 4 mins. Shapo never lost his intensity and in the 2nd set found his rhythm, cutting down errors, hitting measured shots and winning more points of his 2nd serve, something he struggled with in the 1st. Berdych’s level also dropped. He wasn’t getting as many 1st serves in which allowed Denis to sink his teeth into more rallies, and dictate with his deep groundies. Shapo ended the match with 36 winners to only 10 for Berdych.
Berdych actually won 3 more total points than Denis. So how did Shapo pull this victory off? Holding his nerve and serve twice at 4-5 and 5-6 to stay in the match. In the 3rd set tiebreak, Denis raced out to 4-0 and 5-2 leads, but Berdych worked it back to 5-5 like the tour veteran he is. Nervous times. Shapo then played 2 of his best points of the match, both displaying a devastating backhand that Berdych couldn’t handle. Game, set, match! As to all the doubters who said Shapo’s Madrid success wouldn’t translate to Rome, where are you now?
Note: Shapo has played 4 match-deciding tiebreaks and won them all: Nadal, Sugita, Troicki and now Berdych. Mental game on point!👌
In his post-match presser, Denis was surprised to find out that with this win he’ll overtake Milos Raonic next week as Canada’s🇨🇦No. 1. He also talked about how much he’s enjoying the tour this year.
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It’s a quick turnaround for R2 against Robin Haase🇳🇱.
🔸Date: Wednesday, May 16
🔸Time: Approx 6:00pm Local (12 Noon ET)
🔸Next Gen Arena
Shapo and Haase are 4th on court after the Venus Williams vs. Elena Vesnina match. Get it Shapo!💪
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