Shapo­valov up­sets Tsonga at U.S. Open

Canada’s young star ad­vances into the third round at fi­nal Grand Slam

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EW YORK — Canada’s De­nis Shapo­valov ad­vanced into the third round of the U.S. Open on Wed­nes­day night after a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) vic­tory over eighth seed Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France.

The 18-year-old from Rich­mond Hill, Ont., will next face Kyle Ed­mund of Bri­tain.

Shapo­valov, ranked No. 69 in the world, started the match strong at Arthur Ashe Sta­dium by break­ing Tsonga’s serve on the first game of the open­ing set. Both play­ers held serve for the rest of the set.

The Cana­dian had a big break in the

Nsec­ond set went Tsonga dou­ble faulted to let Shapo­valov go up 4-3. He used that mo­men­tum to hold on and take a 2-0 set lead.

Shapo­valov once again broke Tsonga to put him up 4-3 in the third set, but the French­man got it back when Shapo­valov was serv­ing for the match to tie the set at 5-5.

The third set went to a tiebreak which Shapo­valov dom­i­nated to win the match in just over two hours 11 min­utes.

Shapo­valov, who fin­ished the match with 28 win­ners, gained en­try into the main draw of the fi­nal Grand Slam tour­na­ment of the season last week with three vic­to­ries in qual­i­fy­ing.

It’s been a great run of late for Shapo­valov, who be­came the youngest man to reach a Mas­ters semi­fi­nal ear­lier this month at the Rogers Cup in Mon­treal. That tour­na­ment in­cluded an up­set vic­tory over world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Shapo­valov de­feated Rus­sia’s Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Ed­mund de­feated Steve John­son 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (4) ear­lier Wed­nes­day.

It was an oth­er­wise tough day for Cana­di­ans at the U.S. Open with both Eu­ge­nie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil elim­i­nated.

Bouchard of West­mount, Que., fell 7-6 (2), 6-1 to Rus­sia’s Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina.

Fac­ing dou­ble match point, Bouchard sent a back­hand into the net as her record dropped to 12-17 on the season.

Bouchard, ranked 76th in the world, has failed to make it past the sec­ond round of her last eight tour­na­ments, start­ing with a sec­ond-round exit at the French Open.

The 23-year-old Bouchard made 46 un­forced er­rors, com­pared to 18 for Ro­d­ina.

Bouchard con­verted three of her four break point op­por­tu­ni­ties, but strug­gled to hold serve. Ro­d­ina broke Bouchard five times on nine chances.

Ro­d­ina, ranked 89th in the world, next faces fourth seed Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine.

In men’s ac­tion, Van­cou­ver’s Pospisil re­tired from his match with Spain’s Fer­nando Ver­dasco after los­ing the first set 6-2.

Pospisil, who has been both­ered by back pain and strug­gled through the open­ing set, met briefly with train­ers dur­ing the changeover be­fore with­draw­ing.

KATHY WILLENS / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

De­nis Shapo­valov re­turns to Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France en route to earn­ing a sur­pris­ing vic­tory at the U.S. Open on Wed­nes­day night.

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