Shapovalov Falls To Wu In Dallas, Tiafoe Wins; Fritz v Sock, Isner Thurs.
In first round action at the Dalls Open on Wednesday, China’s Yibing Wu bounced No. 3 Denis Shapovalov 7-6(7-1), 6-4 in the upset of the day.
“I’ve been playing great tennis the past few months,” Wu told the crowd after one of his biggest career wins. “Hopefully I can keep playing good. Thanks for all the fans, especially Chinese fans. I can hear you guys.”
The 23-year-old Wu won 32/48 (67%) first serves, 18/28 (64%) on second serves and broke serve three times. In the match, Shapovalov fired eight aces, hit eight doubles, won just 11/26 (42%) on second serves in this first-time meeting.
No. 2 Frances Tiafoe easily handled Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-3.
Tiafoe, ranked 14th, tallied five aces, won 28/33 (85%) first serve points and never lost serve while breaking four times. Tiafoe has now won two of three tour-level meetings when facing McDonald.
“I played really well today,” said Tiafoe. “I haven’t played in a couple of weeks and I’m really determined. I had a short Australian Open. I wanted a much better Australian Open, so I’m definitely coming in here hungry and I’m just happy I was able to put on a good show for you guys.”
Also, Germany’s Oscar Otte defeated Christopher Eubanks of the United States 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Daniel Altmaier topped American Zachary Svajda in two sets 6-2, 6-4. Emilio Gomez squeaked by Gabriel Diallo of Canada in a match that went the distance 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-5).
No. 6 J.J. Wolf also ousted Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 7-6(7-5).
Ahead Friday, feature matches are Jack Sock – No. 1 Taylor Fritz in second round play, No. 4 Miomir Kecmanovic – Emilio Gomez, Daniel Altmaier – No. 5 John Isner, No. 7 Marcos Giron – Oscar Otte and No. 8 Adrian Mannarino – Jordan Thompson.
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