Diego Schwartzman pulls off shock US Open win over Marin Cilic

Sep 03, 2017, 02:34
Diego Schwartzman pulls off shock US Open win over Marin Cilic

Coming into the tournament a qualifier ranked 69th, Shapovalov made waves when he beat big-hitting Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round Wednesday night under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I had some good memories from previous year, so of course I want to go as far as possible, and I want to take any opportunities", Pouille said. So for me, it was fun.

'I have been enjoying my time. "I grew up wanting to do this". Both players held serve for the rest of the set. I converted in the second set when I had the chance.

Schwartzman played far from a ideal match, committing 48 unforced errors and almost squandering a double-break lead in the fourth set, but he hung on to win in three hours and 23 minutes.

The 22-year-old, who had the trainer on three times in an attempt to solve the problem, was trailing 3-6 6-3 6-3 1-0 when he withdrew from the match.

Meanwhile women's third seed Garbine Muguruza easily progressed into the fourth round with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova to set up an exciting clash with Petra Kvitova.

"It definitely opens up the draw quite a bit", Shapovalov said. I mean, some of them were standing and, like, just talking to me as if we're buddies.

Injury also played a part in the other notable result in the men's draw.

There is a glimmer of hope in what has turned out to be a rather gloomy men's singles bracket at the U.S. Open, and it happens to be a blond-haired 18-year-old Canadian carrying the light. "After everything that I have been through, it is a very happy moment for me".

Shapovalov is making the headlines for the right reasons, having been better known before the summer hardcourt season for being defaulted from a Davis Cup tie for accidentally firing a ball into the eye of an umpire. But the Canadian rebounded in July, defeating Edmund at the Queen's Club Championships.

The 2014 champion went down to Schwartzman 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-4 to make his earliest exit since 2011 at Flushing Meadows.

Against Edmund, Shapovalov showed the same poise he displayed against Tsonga. "He goes for his shots, he's not afraid to take it to the guy. For a guy like me, every match is tough and I'm going to have to battle it out". He is working with the 1993 U.S. Open finalist Cédric Pioline at this tournament.

"Schwartzman, who is listed at just 5'6", stood tall in front of a predominantly pro-Cilic crowd, setting up 20 break points on the big serve of Cilic, converting on nine of them, while saving 14 break points of his own to pull off the upset.

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