Vienna Open: Shapovalov beat Coric in consecutive sets


Denis Shapovalov of Canada will progress to the final of the Vienna Open after beating Borna Coric 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Saturday.

Richmond Hill, Ont., The Native won 95% of his first serve in addition to hitting seven aces.

Shapovalov also broke three of his four chances.

“Definitely another great match for me,” Shapovalov said. “Obviously Borna played some tough long games, so I think the first set is very important.

“I’m really happy, I played a great tiebreak. I think we were both very close. Just one point that I think made the difference. … Got the break early in the game. The second set gave me some energy and, you know, the kind that took him away, I think, a little bit of confidence, but was a great game for me.”

Shapovalov sent the first set to a tiebreak after matching Coric with every match he won. The Canadian took the first three points in the final set before Coric returned for four of the next seven. The 23-year-old Shapovalov won the set with an ace.

In the dominant second set, Shapovalov broke Coric’s serve in the second game before saving a break point from Coric in the third inning. Shapovalov broke the fourth set again, holding Croatia goalless on the way to victory.

Shapovalov is currently 2-2 down in his career matches against Coric, having won him twice in a row.

World No 4 Daniil Medvedev will be Shapovalov’s next opponent on Sunday as he looks to win his second career title and his first this year. Medvedev fixed the score 3-2 in his career before Shapovalov.

“It was a good opportunity for me to play against someone like Daniil,” Shapovalov said. “(I) beat him a couple of times before – he’s a great player.

“I mean, he’s been playing great. The last few times he’s had me and he’s slick. He’s having a great week. He’s been playing well throughout his time here, because so it’s going to be a tough battle, but look forward to it.”

This Canadian Press report was first published on October 29, 2022.


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