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Shapovalov continues to enjoy 'dream' US Open

Shapovalov continues to enjoy 'dream' US Open

Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta overcame battling qualifier Denis Shapovalov to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.

It won't happen this year.

Veteran ardor beat youthful flash.

Stephens will meet Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals after the 27-year-old Latvian defeated Sharapova in three sets.

Don't call the Carreno Busta a bracket buster.

Shapovalov, 18, was attempting to become the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open since Andre Agassi in 1988.

At No. 12, Carreno Busta is the highest-seeded player remaining on that half of the men's draw.

That will be his first time in this tournament he won't face a qualifier. After losing to Simona Halep in the first round of the Citi Open, she reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open-a run that included wins over Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova.

Shapovalov blew a 5-2 lead in the first set.

Break point chances: Through two sets, Shapovalov was 2/10 (20%), while Carreno Busta was 2/3 (66%).

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Serving for the set at 5-2, Shapovalov blinked.

Carreno Busta was also the better player during the match's long rallies, winning 17 of the 25 rallies of nine shots or more, often with help from one of Shapovalov's 31 unforced errors. A backhand wide on the third point game Carreno Busta the minibreak and he never looked back, hanging on to his serve for a 6-3 lead. Exploiting that mental mistake, Carreno Busta held to level after 10 games. The left-hander hooked a sharp-angled wide serve creating an expanse of open court, but wailed a forehand wide to trail 1-3. Zverev recovered from two sets to one down and a break down in the fourth against Thai-Son Kwaitkowski before holding off Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 7-5.

And del Potro vs Thiem is a rematch from a year ago. It had been raining nearly solidly since the previous evening and the roof was closed for the start of play.

Carreno Busta fires himself up during his fourth round win.

Unfortunately he didn't serve well in the first two sets and that put his game and his confidence under a lot of pressure throughout. Meanwhile, the Spaniard was steady and solid, letting Shapovalov take risks and make mistakes.

The Barcelona baseliner's match management skills were the difference in all three tie breaks. He zapped a 111 miles per hour serve down the middle and jammed a body serve into the ribs for a 4-1 lead. "He stayed very tough mentally on the big points".

Stepping in on return, he rattled Shapovalov's Yonex racquet with a jolting return for a two-set lead.

The encounter was decided on fine margins with both players exchanging breaks of serve in each set but Shapovalov's greater number of unforced errors proved costly. After going 0-40 down Carreno Busta saved the first two break points, the second of them with an inside-out forehand victor at the end of a pulsating 21-stroke rally, before Shapovalov converted the third with a smash.

Still, Shapovalov had another run in him fending off three break points in the ninth game. Shapovalov double faulted on the first point to surrender the minibreak and Carreno Busta took full advantage. "Hopefully I can come back and one day I can make it further here". If he continues to mature, it won't be long before the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion is playing for major silverware.

Carreno Busta, 26, has not dropped a set this week in advancing into a Tuesday matchup for a semi-final spot against the later victor between French 16th seed Lucas Pouille and Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman in a draw half assured of a first-time Slam finalist.


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