Shapo­valov to pass Raonic in rank­ings

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

De­nis Shapo­valov con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive run on clay Tues­day with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Czech To­mas Berdych in first-round ac­tion at the Ital­ian Open. The teenager from Rich­mond Hill, Ont., won on his first match-point op­por­tu­nity when Berdych, who was serv­ing, hit into the net to end a rally. It capped a nervy end of the match for Shapo­valov, who led the tiebreak 4-0 be­fore Berdych came back to tie it 5-5. Al­ready up to a ca­reer-high rank­ing of 29th this week, the vic­tory over Berdych will move Shapo­valov ahead of fel­low Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic, No. 22, when next week’s rank­ings come out.

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