New York - Denis
Shapovalov became the youngest man in 10 years to reach the US Open
third round on Wednesday and credited his breakthrough to being defaulted
from a Davis Cup tie for firing a ball into an umpire's eye.
WATCH: Davis Cup drama as player hits umpire in face
The 18-year-old Canadian qualifier stunned French eighth seed
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), a victory which followed a win
over Rafael Nadal in Montreal earlier in August.
He goes on to face Britain's Kyle Edmund on Friday for a place in the last 16.
However, it will be a match-up which brings back painful memories of
the pair's meeting in the Davis Cup in February when Shapovalov was
defaulted for hitting a ball at umpire Arnaud Gabas.
The Canadian youngster was fined $7 000 for the incident even though it was deemed to be unintentional.
Despite the official escaping serious injury, Shapovalov was disqualified and Britain won the tie.
But he believes the controversy has helped fire him into the tennis headlines for the right reasons.
"I've been working extremely hard on it. It's definitely helped me mature," said the world number 69.
"I continue to apologize for my actions. It's something I have to
live with. But for me it's in the past and I'm a different person and a
different player now. So it's a completely new match."
Shapovalov is the youngest man in the third round of a Grand Slam
since Bernard Tomic at the 2011 Australian Open and at the US Open since
Donald Young in 2007.