(New York) Canada's Denis Shapovalov advanced on the blackboard at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, posting a 6-4, 7-6 (2), and 6-2 loss to Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen.e ATP.
Classified 33e In the world, Shapovalov reaches the third round of the New York tournament for the third year in a row.
The Ontarian has signed 14 aces, the last of which allowed him to savor victory in one hour and 55 minutes.
Shapovalov will find on his way the French Gael Monfils or the Romanian Marius Copil, who cross the iron Thursday night.
Author of the three breaks in the match, Shapovalov has notably taken the service of his rival 4-2 in the last round.
Shapovalov got his first break at 5-4 in the first set, and his second at the start of the third.
At the 10e first set game, the 20-year-old Canadian nearly screwed up a 40-0 lead, escaping three points in a row. He took the lead with a brilliant parallel setback and then won the set on a direct foul (Laaksonen hit the ball with the frame of his racket).
Shapovalov dominated the stalemate, taking the lead 5-1, then tightening the vice in the final set.
Andreescu without problem
Earlier Thursday her compatriot Bianca Andreescu, Queen of the Rogers Cup, also continued her journey.
The Ontarian beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 7-5 to reach the third round of the competition.
Andreescu, 15e seeded, had the top 4-1 in the break in service, although she gave Seven Flipkens break-ups, 110e world racket.
Andreescu got 10 breakage balls. She had a slim 27-24 advantage over the winning strokes, and both players made 18 unforced errors.
The 19-year-old Canadian converted her first match point with a backhand.
"It's not easy to choose how to play against Flipkens," said Andreescu. I'm just happy with the way I composed with his bullets, and also the fact that I kept my cool. There are few girls who go to the net so often. I tried to manage it the best way possible. I think I have done very well. "
On the next round, Andreescu will face Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, 19e seeded, or the American Danielle Collins, who points to 35e level. This match will take place on Thursday night.
Andreescu defeated Wozniacki in Auckland, New Zealand in January, sending the message that she would not be neglected this year.
"It was the first time I beat a player who has already been in the top 10," said Andreescu. It gave me a momentum. "
Canada, however, was unable to complete the hat trick. After surprising ninth-seeded Karen Khachanov in the opening round on Tuesday, British Columbia's Vasek Pospisil lost in four sets of 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 4-6 ahead to the American Tennys Sandgren, 72e global player.