VIDEO: Denis Shapovalov wears down opponent Richard Berankis during stunning rally at Indian Wells

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018 | 0

Rising star Denis Shapovalov got his campaign off to a winning start at the Indian Wells Masters following a 6-3 6-4 win over qualifier Richard Berankis of Lithuania on Thursday.

Although the Canadian was not at his best – committing as many as seven double faults during the 72-minute encounter – he caught eyes by winning a stunning point over his nemesis.

During the last game of the match, a Shapovalov forehand deflected off the net, making Berankis face a drop-shot-like situation. A sprint ensued and the return was made.

Shapovalov responded with a lob, forcing another dash from Berankis. Another return followed – through a tweener this time. Now, an intended drop shop from Shapovalov.

Berankis was down and out. Wow!

Shapovalov went on to book a second-round clash with Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas, scheduled to be held on Saturday.




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