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Shapovalov gets better by Murray, securing the place 4th round

London, July 3 (IANS) World No. 12, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, kept nervous about defeating two-time former champion Andy Murray of Great Britain 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in a confident display to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

The Canadian has had a good run on grass this season after reaching the quarter-finals in Stuttgart and his first semi-final on the surface at The Queen’s Club two weeks ago. He brought this momentum into his first ever match at Center Court against home favorite Murray.

Shapovalov meets eighth seed from Spain, Roberto Bautista Agut, as he tries to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the second time since the US Open 2020. Bautista Agut beat Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Shapovalov, seeded 10th here, fired 45 winners including 13 aces Friday night. He saved eight of the nine break points he faced on his way to victory.

“I think it’s probably one of my best performances, even outside Wimbledon. I think I have definitely played the game really flawlessly today and just super solid, ”Shapovalov told atptour.com.

“It was an incredible experience. It was my dream to grow up one day and play at Center Court in Wimbledon. I have seen so many legends play there and it has always just been a big goal for me.

“Going out there today and playing a guy like Andy, who is also such a legend, and beating him today with the tennis I played, it was incredible for me.”

“Honestly, I told him online that he is my hero,” Shapovalov said. “Performance aside, what he (Murray) has been able to do in the sport to come back with an injury like this, to play tennis, he plays, move as he moves,” I said after his second match, It was really like ‘vintage Andy’ and so fun to watch as a fan, ”the Canadian added.

Shapovalov improved to 20-13 on the season with the win over Murray, who played his fourth tournament-level tournament of the year.

–IANS

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