The other day I did go in a little on Denis Shapovalov for his form this year. His performance against Juan Martin Del Potro at Queens was much better but still problematic.
Relaxed and patient are two words I would use to describe Juan Martin Del Potro’s performance. The Argentine did his bit well, he served well and didn’t face a break point in the entire match.
Shapovalov did his bit to a point. Her served well and his forehand I thought was on form. His serve isn’t a part of his game in which we speak an awful lot about but I was impressed with the way he used the kicker and even got it out of reach of someone like Del Potro who has a great wingspan.
5-5 in the first set and is where it crumbled for the Canadian. A couple of loose shots and Del Potro had his way. One play Del Potro did get some joy off coming to the net when Denis had to hit a backhand and he just couldn’t elevate the shot with interest.
The break sealed the set and it was a similar story in the second set with the Argentine breaking early this time around but left pretty untroubled on his way to what was a routine 7-5 6-4 win where he was left untested.
If you just look at the scoreline of 7-5 6-4 you think oh this was close, however when it mattered the most it was Del Po who got over the line. It didn’t feel like a win he had to work for but a match Denis gave away in all honesty.