Shapovalov scores quarter-final victory over Dimitrov at Rome Masters

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Denis Shapovalov holds off Grigor Dimitrov during quarter-final action in Rome on Saturday. Shapovalov awaits either Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman in the semis.
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Denis Shapovalov earned a three-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters on Saturday night. The 21-year-old won 80 percent of his first-serve points and broke Dimitrov five times to prevail in one hour and 50 minutes.

Shapovalov looked sharp to start the match, winning three games in a row from 0-1 to 3-1 and then winning three more in succession after Dimitrov briefly got it back to 2-3. The Canadian did not face a single break point in the first set. Dimitrov, however, hit back in the second. The Bulgarian’s only two service breaks of the match came at 2-1 and 4-3 in the middle of frame of play, helping him force a decider.

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There was one more momentum swing to be had, and it went in Shapovalov’s favor. The world No 14 bounced back impressively from the second-set hiccup, racing to a 3-0 lead in the third. He consolidated his advantage the whole way on serve and then broke Dimitrov again at 5-2 to wrap up the proceedings in style.

Shapovalov is now 5-0 lifetime in quarter-final matches at Masters events. He also picked up the 100th tour-level victory of his young career.

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