The remarkable run of Denis Shapovalov at the U.S. Open was ended on Sunday in his fourth round match under the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 18-year-old was defeated 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 7-6(3) by no. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, thus ending his six match win streak in Flushing Meadows.
The match was defined by momentum swings throughout with both players unable to hold onto leads they had built for themselves. Shapovalov led 5-2 in the opening set and held three set points, but was unable to convert his chances and Carreno Busta lifted his game in the tiebreak to take the lead. The roles were reversed in set two the Canadian going down a break only to recover it and then ultimately see the Spaniard win his second straight tiebreak thanks to some clutch serving.
On @ESPN, John McEnroe says Shapovalov is "unquestionably" the real deal: "I think he's going to win grand slams"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 3, 2017
Shapovalov jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set and Carreno Busta fought back again and had three chances to go up a break at 4-4 and serve for the match, but the Canadian teen kept his composure and forced a third consecutive tiebreak. Carreno Busta was too strong once again and sealed his place in the quarter-finals in straight sets.
— Michael Gallo (@Galloots) September 3, 2017
With his run to the U.S. Open Round of 16, Shapovalov will find himself inside the top 55 in the world for the first time and is poised to lead Canada against India in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs in Edmonton from September 15-17.