Shapovalov edges Troicki to advance to Miami Open second round

    22 de marzo de 2018

    Miami, Mar 22 (efe-epa).- Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov blew a huge third-set lead but recovered just in time to eke out a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6) victory over Serbia's Viktor Troicki Thursday afternoon to reach the second round of the Miami Open.

    In a match-up pitting one of tennis' brightest and most exciting prospects against a 32-year-old ATP World Tour veteran, Shapovalov took an early 4-2 lead with a break in the sixth game and then wrapped up the first set with a forehand winner on the line.

    But Shapovalov made things complicated for himself by dropping his first service game of the second set to fall behind 2-0.

    He broke back in the ensuing game, but the players remained on serve until the tiebreaker, which Troicki won when the Canadian netted a forehand.

    Shapovalov, however, appeared to take total control of the match when he broke Troicki's serve in the fourth and sixth games of the third set to take a 5-1 lead.

    He then had match point when serving at 40-30 in the seventh game but ended up losing that game and then getting broken once again at 5-3 to allow Troicki to get back on serve.

    Shapovalov had three more match points on Troicki's serve in the 10th game, but the Serbian saved them all to make the score 5-5.

    The match came down to a third-set tiebreaker, in which Shapovalov jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Serbian rallied once again and earned his first match point at 6-5.

    The 18-year-old Canadian saved it, however, with a serve-and-volley play and then clinched the victory two points later on a Troicki double fault at the two-hour, 27-minute mark.

    Next up for the 46th-ranked Shapovalov in the second round will be Bosnian world No. 30 Damir Dzumhur, who is seeded No. 24 in Miami.

    The Miami Open is one of the biggest hard-court tournaments on the men's and women's tennis calendars.