June 26, 2022

Denis Shapovalov rallies to defeat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in second-round motion.The Related Press

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and Leylah Annie Fernandez superior to the third spherical on the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.

Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., rallied to defeat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in second-round motion. The match lasted two hours 34 minutes.

It was the Canadian’s first match of the event at Indian Wells after incomes a first-round bye.

Two hours later, Fernandez of Laval, Que., prevailed over 20-year-old American Amanda Anisimova 2-6, 7-6(0), ret. in 1:36:03.

Anisimova retired after shedding the second-set tiebreak.

It was a sudden and surprising flip of occasions after Fernandez regarded destined to lose the match simply minutes earlier.

The Canadian fought off match level within the ninth recreation of the second set to cut back the deficit to 5-4. The 19-year-old then fought off three consecutive match factors down 0-40 to interrupt Anisimova’s serve.

Within the eleventh recreation, Fernandez overcame two break factors earlier than dominating the tiebreak 7-0.

Leylah Fernandez of Canada returns a shot to Amanda Anisimova through the BNP Paribas Open on the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard on March 12, 2022 in Indian Wells, Calif.Matthew Stockman/Getty Photos

It was unclear why a teary eyed Anisimova informed the chair umpire she could be unable to proceed the match.

Fernandez, recent off the defence of her Monterrey Open title – her second WTA crown – will get Shelby Rogers of the USA within the third spherical.

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Earlier on the identical courtroom, the Thirteenth-ranked Shapovalov discovered his rhythm and commenced pulling away within the decisive third set. He broke his opponent on three consecutive service video games to take a 5-1 lead.

The Canadian wrapped up the 43-minute third set with a beautiful return on triple match level.

Shapovalov completed the encounter with seven aces and 30 winners, and managed to beat 57 unforced errors and 9 double faults.

The 22-year-old faces hard-serving American Reilly Opelka within the subsequent spherical.

After dropping the primary set, Shapovalov battled again within the second.

The distinction was a prolonged seventh recreation that noticed Davidovich Fokina, ranked No. 45 on the earth, battle off 4 break factors earlier than the Canadian lastly broke by means of on the fifth one. That was the one service break of the set.