Canada’s Denis Shapovalov made it through the first round of the US Open with ease on Tuesday. His compatriot Vasek Pospisil had to work very hard to win.
Shapovalov, seventh seed in the tournament, defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, in 1 hour and 48 minutes of play. In the next round, he will face Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena who defeated American Tommy Paul 7-6 (5), 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
The 22-year-old Ontarian has never been worried. He conceded no break point to Delbonis and hammered 38 winning shots, including 14 aces, against 23 unforced errors.
“It was very, very difficult. I think the game was pretty close, that there were a lot of tight games that I managed to win, said Shapovalov. If I hadn’t won them, the game would have been much longer. I’m glad I took advantage of my chances. ”
The young Canadian player reached the quarterfinals in New York last year. It was the best result of his Grand Slam career, before he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in July.
For his part, Delbonis, 47e in the world rankings, was the victim of five service breakdowns. He won just 59% of the points played on his first serve, compared to 90% for Shapovalov.
For his part, Pospisil, 58th in the ATP standings, worked hard for 3 hours 17 minutes and he won 2-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and 7-6 (4) against Italian Fabio Fognini, 28th seed.
On the surprise side, the Spaniard Pablo Carreno, 12th in the world and semi-finalist last year, was eliminated in the first round by Maxime Cressy (151st), an American from qualifying.
On the women’s side, world first racquet Ashleigh Barty, favorite to win the prestigious tournament, made her debut, advancing to the second round at the expense of Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 7-6 (9/7).