The young guns are making their presence felt in Delray Beach this week. With favorites Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Milos Raonic and Juan Martin del Potro all out, the semifinals tomorrow feature 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov against either 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe or Hyeon Chung.
Tiafoe and Chung were suspended after a late evening rain delay called their match with Chung serving down 3-5, 40-40 in the third set. The American already had three match points in that game.
Earlier in the day, Shapovalov ousted fellow youngster Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals today 7-5, 6-4.
“I played really well,” the 46th-ranked Shapovalov said. “I felt really comfortable from the warm-up. I felt really good with my timing and I returned well when I needed to.”
It will be the Canadian’s second semifinal after reaching the last four in his home event last summer.
In the other semifinal, American veteran Steve Johnson meets Peter Gojowczyk who toppled the towering Reilly Opelka in straights.
In Rio, Fabio Fognini advanced into the semifinals after a contentious win over Aljaz Bedene. Fognini will next face Fernando Verdasco who stunned Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-0. The other semifinal pits Diego Schwartzman against Nicolas Jarry.
Indoors in Marseille, Tomas Berdych takes on NextGen hope Karen Khachanov. Ilya Ivashka, who just got a retirement win over Stan Wawrinka, followed up with a good win over Nicholas Mahut. He’ll battle another Frenchman in Lucas Pouille in the semifinals.
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