Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov was “really happy” with his performance against home favorite Taylor Fritz at the San Diego Open.
Shapovalov, seeded at No. 4, overcame world No. 39 Fritz in straight sets 7-6 (7) 6-2.
“I’m really happy to get the win, obviously. The first set was super, super tough for me and to come back like that was amazing,” Shapovalov said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “Definitely happy to be in San Diego, [it is] my first time. It’s such an amazing city.”
Shapovalov saved six set points in the first set
After failing to convert a break point in the first game, Shapovalov lost his serve in the fourth game.
Shapovalov saved two break points in the sixth game, before breaking back Fritz in the seventh game.
Fritz again had a chance to win the set but he failed to convert any of his two set points in the 12th game.
Shapovalov saved four more set points in the tie-break, before converting his first set point to steal the opener.
After blowing multiple great chances to win the first set, Fritz lost his focus as Shapovalov won the opening three games of the second set.
There was no coming back for Fritz, who got broken again in the eighth game as Shapovalov booked a straight-set win.
After the win, Shapovalov underlined the importance of winning a tough first set.
“When you have a tough set, it obviously helps a lot to win that set. Then you try to keep that momentum going. Obviously when you lose a tough one like that, your momentum drops. It’s very important to keep the gas pedal on,” said Shapovalov, who now leads the pair’s ATP Head2Head 4-1. “I definitely started the second set super well and just carried it.”
Shapovalov, ranked at No. 13 in the world, is aiming to win his first title of the season this week.