US Open: Canadian challenge in men’s singles ends

By Rajan Nath - September 09, 2020 12:09 pm

Canadian hopes of producing a Grand Slam winner in the men's section ended this morning when 12th seed Denis Shapovalov lost his quarter-final to 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in five sets. Denis Shapovalov lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 6-0, and 3-6.

Incidentally, Denis Shapovalov, who comes from Richmond in Ontario, was the first Canadian to win a junior Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2016. In the final, he had defeated Alex De Minaur in three sets.

A year later, Denis was the cynosure of all eyes in Canada when he stunned the world’s top player Rafael Nadal in Rogers Cup, the US Open Series event played alternately in Toronto and Montreal.

US Open: Denis Shapovalov vs Pablo Carreno Busta | Rohan Bopanna

Denis has become the first-ever Canadian to reach men’s quarter-finals in a Grand Slam tournament. Interestingly, it was in the fourth round game against Pablo Carrena Busta of Spain that top seed Navok Djokovic was disqualified after an out of play ball hit by him had struck a line judge.

US Open: Denis Shapovalov vs Pablo Carreno Busta | Rohan Bopanna

Navok Djokovic is now heading back for Europe to play in the French Open which has been rescheduled to be played from September 27. And the organisers of the French Open have decided to allow spectators to watch the matches. Incidentally, the US Open is being played this time without spectators due to the Corona pandemic.

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Yesterday, in partnership with India’s Rohan Bopanna, Denis Shapovalov lost the quarter-final match to J. Rojer and H. Tecau 5-7, 5-7. With Rohan Bopanna's defeat, the Indian challenge in the US Open 2020 also ended. Earlier, 23-year-old Sumit Nagal had lost to second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria. Sumit Nagal belongs to Haryana and trains in Delhi.

-PTC News