Shapovalov backhand

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Two years after reaching the semifinals at the All-England Club, Denis Shapovalov is back into the second week at Wimbledon after defeating home-favourite Liam Broady of Great Britain 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 in the third round on Friday.

His third win in three days did not come easily, especially after dropping the opening set, but the 24-year-old Canadian battled back in impressive fashion to post a four-set victory in a high-quality contest. Shapovalov was in danger of trailing two sets to one when he twice found himself down a break in the third set, but he raised his level at the right moment to get the lead. The fourth set was equally close until Shapovalov, seeded no. 26 in the men’s singles draw, earned the decisive break in the eleventh game and served out the match at love to book his place in the Round of 16.


Shapovalov hit 50 winners in the match and managed to break Broady’s serve eight times which proved to be the difference. This is his first fourth-round appearance at a Grand Slam since the Australian Open last year. He’ll next face world no. 92 Roman Safiullin for the chance to clinch a spot in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, in women’s doubles, Leylah Annie Fernandez and Taylor Townsend are through to round two after defeating the American team of Alycia Parks and Peyton Stearns 6-1, 6-3. The Roland-Garros finalists are looking to continue their stellar 2023 season as a formidable pair.