Can Denis Shapovalov make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal as he takes on David Goffin at the US Open? Shapovalov…
Can Denis Shapovalov make his first Grand Slam quarterfinal as he takes on David Goffin at the US Open?
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Shapovalov vs Goffin is live from New York on Sunday 6 September, 7pm local/12am BST
Denis Shapovalov made the last 16 on his US Open debut back in 2017, fresh from his breakthrough semifinal run at the Canada Masters. The Canadian was quickly anointed the next big thing, but success hasn’t come all at once for ‘Shapo’.
Now 21, Shapovalov has battled into the last 16 at the US Open once more to face the much more experienced David Goffin, who is also looking for his first quarterfinal appearance in New York.
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Shapovalov vs Goffin: Head-to-head
David Goffin beat Denis Shapovalov in their only previous encounter, 7-6(5), 7-6(2).
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Shapovalov is back in the last 16 in New York after four years, but it hasn’t exactly come easy. The Canadian has played 13 sets in three matches, first dropping sets to both wildcard Sebastian Korda and Challenger player Soon-woo Kwon before having to come back from 2-5 down in the fourth set against Taylor Fritz in the third round.
Fritz actually served for the match in the fourth set but Shapovalov was able to survive, with a hefty dose of help from the American, and get the win 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in three hours and 31 minutes.
Physically, it’s not exactly ideal preparation for playing David Goffin. The seventh seed started off the US Open by looking vulnerable after a three-set defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff in ‘Cincinnati’ and being stretched to four sets by not just big-serving Reilly Opelka but world no. 95 Lloyd Harris in the first two rounds. However, Goffin impressed with a swift straight-sets demolition of Filip Krajinovic, who was looking in very good form and a tough prospect on these fast courts; the Belgian won 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-4, breaking Krajinovic’s serve seven times in the process.
This is the fourth straight year that Goffin has made the final 16 at the US Open, but it remains the only major he has yet to reach the quarterfinals of. Andrey Rublev, Marin Cilic and then Roger Federer have each accounted for him without him winning a set.
Facing Shapovalov will be the best chance he has had so far at reaching the quarterfinals. Not only did the Canadian expend an awful amount of physical and mental energy in the previous round, but Goffin won their only previous encounter in straight sets. Shapovalov has the bigger weapons of the two players, but I don’t think he has the tactical clarity at this point in his career to take out the Belgian, whose defensive solidity and all-court game have frustrated many flashier players.