TOKYO. Denis Shapovalov delivered a near-perfect serve as he beat Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (3) at the Japan Open.
The Canadian number seven only missed one point on his first serve and threw 11 aces. Shapovalov, who lost in the semi-finals four years ago, will next fight Japan’s Ryo Noguchi for a place in the quarter-finals.
“(It was) definitely one of my best serve matches,” Shapovalov said. “I kind of felt like I had to play against Steve. I am very pleased with my serve today and hope to be able to maintain it throughout the week.”
In addition, Miomir Kechmanovic returned to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-2 and Kwon Soon-woo defeated Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2.
TOKYO. Miomir Kecmanović scored six match points before beating Daniel Evans 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(4) to reach the Japan Open quarterfinals.
The Serb were trailing 40-0 and Evans served 5-4 in the third set before giving out a winning streak to tie the game.
“It was the first time I was able to do this,” said Kechmanovich. “I was fully committed to the match and I just went for it at that moment.”
Kecmanovic will face Francis Tiafoe next in the quarterfinals. The American won his 13th consecutive tiebreaker by beating Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-1, 7-6 (7).
Nick Kyrgios had 22 aces in his 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kamil Maicjak. The Australian has qualified for his ninth quarter-final appearance this year.
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic. Ranked No. 1 Iga Swiatek advanced to the quarterfinals of the Agel Open after Ayla Tomljanović retired with injury in the second set of their second round match.
The US Open champion from Poland was leading 7-5, 2-2 when her Australian opponent retired with a left knee injury on an indoor court in the eastern Bohemian city of Ostrava.
Swiatek, who also won the French Open in June, will face either American Katherine McNally or Karolina Muchova.
Home favorite and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat second seed Paula Badosa of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals against this year’s Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina, who rallied to eliminate Alexandra Sasnovich 6-7. (5), 6-4, 7-5.
The Czech players also won the last two matches of the first round in the schedule.
Muchova knocked out Brazil’s seventh seed Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4, while Barbora Krejcikova edged out American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-2 for her sixth straight win after winning the Tallinn Open on Sunday and won her first WTA title. of the year.