David Goffin battles past Denis Shapovalov to reach Tokyo quarters

David Goffin battles past Denis Shapovalov to reach Tokyo quarters

Third seed Goffin, the 2017 Tokyo champion, has reached his seventh Tour-level quarter-final of the season and will meet South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.

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Updated: Oct 03, 2019, 17:54 PM IST Source:Reuters

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Belgium’s David Goffin edged past Denis Shapovalov 7-6(5), 7-6(2) to reach the quarter-finals of the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Thursday.

Both players failed to convert a break point, with Goffin withstanding 10 aces from his Canadian opponent in a tense encounter which lasted nearly two hours.

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But Goffin won six of the first seven points in the first-set tiebreak and the first six points of the second-set tiebreak to gain unassailable leads against Shapovalov.

Third seed Goffin, the 2017 Tokyo champion, has reached his seventh Tour-level quarter-final of the season and will meet South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.

“He was serving really well and I knew it’d be long sets with some tiebreaks,” Goffin said.

“I tried to break him during the whole match… I didn’t, but I served really well. I’m really happy about my performance because it was a good fight.”

Chung fired 11 aces and won 90% of his first-serve points to overcome Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The 23-year-old denied Cilic his 500th tour-level win in the process.

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