It was yet another battle of the young guns at the Delray Beach Open on Saturday as Denis Shapovalov met Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals. Unfortunately Shapovalov’s search for a maiden ATP final has been halted as he dropped the match to Tiafoe 7-5, 6-4 in one hour, 11 minutes.
Tiafoe was already on court on Saturday to finish his quarterfinal match against no. 8 seed Hyeon Chung, which was suspended Friday evening at 5-3, 40-40 in the third. Tiafoe was able to win 6-4 and set up the encounter with Shapovalov on Saturday night.
Both played the early stages of this encounter very confidently on serve, neither of them even going to deuce. Shapovalov was the first to blink, going down 15-40 on serve at 5-5. Tiafoe ripped a backhand return winner to get the first break of the match. Tiafoe played another strong service game to take the set 7-5 in 39 minutes.
How tight was the first set? Shapovalov only dropped eight points on serve and Tiafoe dropped six.
Shapovalov served to begin the second set and quickly found himself down 0-40. His comeback attempt was cut just short of getting to deuce as Tiafoe broke the Canadian for a second time at 30.
The Canadian fell down a double break to trail 3-0. He was able to recover one break but ultimately could not get back on even terms as he dropped the set 6-4.
Tiafoe will face Peter Gojowczyk in the final on Sunday.