Denis Shapovalov ‘happy to back up’ win over Andy Murray

Rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov was happy after delivering back-to-back great performances at Wimbledon.

In the Wimbledon third round, Shapovalov saw off two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in straight sets. 

In the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday, Shapovalov handed a 6-1 6-3 7-5 loss to Roberto Bautista Agut. 

Shapovalov is now through to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal. 

“I played some really high-level tennis today,” Shapovalov said. “I got a little bit nervous in the third set, but that is totally normal, and I dealt with that really well. I played flawlessly and I am super happy with myself.”

“To beat a player like [Roberto] Bautista Agut in straight sets backs up my level from my match against Andy [Murray]. I am happy, I feel like I am improving every single match. I knew it was going to be a process on this surface, to really develop my game on it. I have always loved playing on it [grass], it is just about getting comfortable.”

Karen Khachanov joins Shapovalov in the quarterfinal 

2018 Paris Masters champion Khachanov survived a thriller on Monday as he edged out rising American star Sebastian Korda 3-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 10-8.

“With the nerves, you have 13 breaks in the fifth set,” Khachanov said. “When you are returning better, you start to read the serves better. Then in the rallies, both of us were more stressed. In the end, the one who dealt better won the match. It was more about this than who played better.

“I think this year, I have had many close matches like this, and for me, I think it is one of my most important wins. I am super happy. Once you are in the quarter-finals, expectations go up. I will try to prepare well [ahead of facing Denis Shapovalov] and hopefully it will be a good match.”

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