New York - Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to his second Grand
Slam quarter-final Sunday by eliminating Canadian teen qualifier Denis
Shapovalov 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3).
Carreno Busta, the first player in Grand Slam history to face four
qualifiers, ended a dream run for 18-year-old left-hander Shapovalov,
who would have been the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andre
Agassi in 1988.
Carreno Busta, 26, has not dropped a set this week in advancing into a
Tuesday matchup for a semi-final spot against the later winner between
French 16th seed Lucas Pouille and Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman
in a draw half assured of a first-time Slam finalist.
"It's amazing," the Spaniard said. "I cannot describe it. I'm enjoying because I'm in quarter-finals."
Carreno Busta won his third career ATP title in May on Estoril clay
then reached his first Slam quarter-final at the French Open, where he
retired against Rafael Nadal with an abdominal injury that kept him out
Shapovalov was dominated in tie-breakers to ruin his bid of becoming
the youngest Slam quarter-finalist since Michael Chang at the 1990
French Open and first US Open qualifier in the last eight since Gilles
Muller in 2008.
The teen's bid went down in flames thanks to going 3-of-13 on break
points and making 55 unforced errors against 54 winners, Carreno Busta
with 25 winners against 29 unforced errors.
Shapovalov, who lost his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, will jump from 69th to about 51st in the world rankings after the Open.
The match began under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof on a damp, dreary day on the New York hardcourts.
Carreno Busta denied Shapovalov on two break points in the second game but surrendered the break in the sixth game.
The Spaniard broke back when Shapovalov served for the set in the
ninth game and denied three set and break points in the 12th to reach a
tie-breaker he dominated, claiming the set when the teen swatted a
Carreno Busta broke to lead 3-1 in the second set, saved a break
point in the fifth game and served for the set in the ninth, only to be
broken by Shapovalov, the teen screaming and pumping his first after an
overhead smash winner to led to another tie-breaker.
The Spaniard roared ahead 4-1 in the tie-break and Shapovalov dropped three of the last four points to fall two sets down.
Shapovalov exchanged early third-set breaks with the Spaniard on the
way to the final tie-breaker, in which he fell behind 5-1 and never
Later men's last-16 matches pitted South African 28th seed Kevin
Anderson against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi and Germany's 23rd-seeded Mischa
Zverev against US 17th seed Sam Querrey, whose July Wimbledon semi-final
run is the deepest by anyone on his side of the draw.
Maria Sharapova, making her Grand Slam return after serving a
15-month doping ban, was to face Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova
later on Ashe with the winner to play either American Sloane Stephens or
Germany's Julia Goerges for a semi-final spot.
Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, the US ninth
seed seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, was to
meet Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro for a quarter-final spot.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, the third seed from Spain and
leader in a fight for world No 1, was to face Czech 13th seed
Petra Kvitova later.
Results from day 7 of the US Open on Sunday (x denotes seeding):
Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP x12) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3)