Shapovalov reaches Dubai semi-finals without giving up a set

The way of the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, third seeded, in the tournament Dubai ATP 500 is still marked by success, and this Thursday he reached the semifinals without giving up a set all week by defeating the French Jeremy chardy by 7-5 and 6-4.

With 26 winning shots, and with hardly any cracks, Shapovalov beat Chardy, in 85 minutes, and now awaits a rival.

The Canadian will face the South African Lloyd Harris, from the qualifying round, who beat Austrian Dominic Thiem, first seed, earlier in the week, or the Japanese Kei nishikori in the semifinals on Friday. Shapovalov practiced with Harris precisely two weeks ago in Dubai, preparing for the tournament.

“It was a tough game as Jeremy was serving and playing well,” Shapovalov said of today’s match. “I am very happy to have been able to convert the break points. It helps me to play three games without giving up a set, and I feel fresh and ready,” he added.

Having finished 2020 with three first-round losses and gotten off to a slow start this year, Shapovalov is trying to regain his best form this week in Dubai, where he is seeking his second ATP Tour title and his first at the ATP 500 level.

The world No. 12 is also struggling to maintain his Canadian No. 1 status, outstripping Felix Auger-Aliassime for less than 400 points in the ATP ranking. Milos raonic It is also in the Top 20, according to the ATP.

“I’ve been very focused on my serve in the last two weeks,” said Shapovalov, who is trained by former world No. 8 Russian Mikhail Youzhny. “I have worked on the placement and I have tried different types of serve to have more variation. I hope I can continue to do so. I have also worked on my footwork and my position during rallies. I am feeling the ball well on both sides. I move well, everything fits “.

Shapovalov extended his record to 3-0 against Chardy as he won 44 of 50 service points, including 10 aces, to clinch a spot in his first semi-final since October 2020 at the St. Petersburg Open (l. to Rublev).

Chardy, 34, was aiming for his third ATP Tour hard court semi-final of the year, following strong performances at the Antalya Open and Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road Open.