VIDEO: Stefanos Tsitsipas tries to distract Denis Shapovalov mid-rally at Miami Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 0

The fourth-round match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov promised to be a blockbuster. It was a meeting between two players for the future, after all. And it did live up to the expectations!

After splitting the first two sets, the duo was locked up in an enthralling rally at 3-3 in the decider. With Shapovalov dictating terms in one of the rallies, Tsitsipas decided to distract him by hitting his racket on the ground.

The ploy didn’t work as the left-handed Shapovalov hit a clean forehand winner. He then mocked Tsitsipas by knocking his racket on the court before going on to pull off a 4-6 6-3 7-6 win in a clash that lasted two hours and 14 minutes.

There, however, was no animosity at the end of the contest as they exchanged a warm embrace.

“I knew Stefanos was going to be a tough match,” Shapovalov later said. “I was ready for a long battle and, sure enough, it went the distance. I’m just happy with the way I controlled myself.”

The Canadian is now scheduled to face American Frances Taifoe in the quarter-finals.

“We’re both shotmakers. I’m just ready for another fun, tough match,” Shapovalov said.

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