After a hard-fought four set battle against Hyeon Chung on Tuesday, Denis Shapovalov bounced back into winning form on Day 2 of the Next Gen ATP Finals.
The Canadian defeated Italian wildcard Gianluigi Quinzi 4-1, 4-1, 3-4(5), 4-3(5) in one hour, 29 minutes to earn his first victory in Milan.
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After dodging a near break on his own serve, Shapovalov earned three break points in Quinzi’s second service game of the match and was able to capitalize on the third try, giving him a 3-1 lead. He was able to serve out the opening set 4-1 in 14 minutes.
Shapovalov hit four aces and was 9/10 on first service points in the set.
With a massive forehand cross-court winner, Shapovalov earned a handful more break points to begin the second set. Quinzi would net his forehand to hand Shapovalov his second break of the match.
On a marathon defensive play, Shapovalov drew an error from Quinzi to earn set point. With a forehand winner, he captured the second set 4-1 in 15 minutes. The Canadian hit nine winners and no unforced errors in the set. He did not lose a point on serve.
In the third set, Shapovalov had chances to break at 2-1 and serve for the match but was unable to capitalize. Quinzi would go on to earn a 30-40 lead in Shapovalov’s following service game but it was brought to deuce.
On a backhand error, Quinzi earned his first break of the match. He attempted to serve out the set but was broken back. A tiebreak would decide the third set. Quinzi made an immediate impact in the tiebreak, grabbing Shapovalov’s first service point to go up a mini break. The Italian would jam Shapovalov at the net a few points later and earned a double break lead at 4-0.
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Down 6-4 in the tiebreak, Shapovalov loaded up his forehand and blasted a passing shot past Quinzi to get back on serve. However, another error would cost the Canadian the set as Quinzi took the tiebreak 7-5.
With both players not blinking on serve, the fourth set would go to another tiebreak. At 4-4 Shapovalov made a dashing effort towards the net and put away a backhand volley to be within two points of the match. An ace gave him his first match point but it was followed up by a double fault.
On his second match point, Quinzi pushed a backhand beyond the baseline to hand Shapovalov the four sets victory. Shapovalov finished the match with 41 winners, including 10 aces, and 29 unforced errors.
Shapovalov will play his final round robin match on Thursday against Andrey Rublev. Both are 1-1 in Group A, meaning the winner of their match will advance to Friday’s semifinals.