Denis Shapovalov’s perfect week continues. The 12th player in the world has yet to lose a single set in St. Petersburg. In the quarter-finals, he was particularly solid to take the best of Stan Wawrinka in two tight sets (6-4, 7-5) and 1h41 of play. His constant aggressiveness ended up getting the better of the Swiss whose level was too sinusoidal to hope for better. In the semifinals, he will cross swords with Andrey Rublev in an expected clash between the seeds 2 and 3 of the tournament.
The poster was promising, and it resulted in some wonderful footage. Between two aesthetes of the one-handed backhand, it was the left-hander who finally came out the best. Presumably revenge after his early exit at Roland Garros, Denis Shapovalov has left with a vengeance at the end of the indoor season and Stan Wawrinka could not resist the Canadian tennis champagne.
Shapovalov went for the victory forward
But it was not, however, a one-sided game. During his first two service games, Shapovalov had to save no less than 4 break points, before seizing the opposing commitment in stride. It is therefore its effectiveness in key moments that made the difference in the first act. He also saw his offensive spirit be rewarded: with 29 winning shots (for 28 unforced errors), the young Canadian imposed his rhythm on the game.
Wawrinka was not unworthy, however. Broken from the third game of the second act, he made up his time again in the wake of a sublime passing short crossed backhand. Although more under pressure on his serve, he held up well up to 5 everywhere, before finally breaking down. In the last game, Shapovalov faced breakout balls, but as a symbol he went to save them at the net (12 points scored from 16 climbs). Finalist at Bercy last year, he shows that indoor tennis definitely matches his explosive style.
Later in the afternoon, Borna Coric achieved what Daniil Medvedev had been unable to do on Thursday (in the second part of his game): find the key to stopping Reilly Opelka’s serve. The Croatian avoided a tense match by winning the tie-break of the first set before breaking quickly in the second to ensure a victory in two sets (7-6, 6-3) and 1h22 of play With 78% of first balls, he protected himself from the blows of the American on the restart. In the semifinals, he will be opposed to Milos Raonic, killer of Karen Khachanov (6-1, 7-6).