- 19 Sep 2020
Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-final
Shapovalov d. Dimitrov 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
- Key info: Shapovalov earned his 100th ATP-level match victory
- You will also learn: Shapovalov could face nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal in the semis
- Why you should read this story: This continues an amazing record for the lefty in Masters quarter-finals
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.
Shapovalov stays perfect in Masters 1000 quarter-finals
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.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) September 19, 2020
Shapovalov unbeaten in Masters 1000 QFs:
Rome (2020) b. Dimitrov
Bercy (2019) b. Monfils
Miami (2019) b. Tiafoe
Madrid (2018) b. Edmund
Canada (2017) b. Mannarino
— enrico maria riva (@enricomariariva) September 19, 2020