LONDON | Denis Shapovalov ended a six-game losing streak as he defeated Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the first round of Wimbledon. However, it was not easy.
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The Canadian needed five sets (6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-4 and 6-1) to defeat his opponent. After the duel, “Shapo” breathed a sigh of relief.
“I am very happy with my victory, mentioned Denis Shapovalov. I had a good start before losing the next two races.
“I would like to review some of my double faults and decisions. I felt like I was the best player on the pitch."
Do not panic
He did not panic even though his opponent took the lead in the game at the end of the third set.
“I thought to myself that if I could take advantage of my opportunities and a few favorable leaps, I was going to be able to turn the game around on my side. That's what happened.
"I'm very happy with the way I played in the crucial moments. In general, I am very satisfied with my game today (yesterday).
In the next round on Thursday, he will face American Brandon Nakashima. The latter needed four rounds to defeat the German Nicola Kuhn, a player from the qualifications.
Meanwhile, in a pitch near Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu scored a one-sided 6-1, 6-3 victory over American Emina Bektas.
“I played a very solid match from the start, mentioned the Canadian after her duel. I was serving well, I was returning well and I was very focused.
“I did not underestimate or overestimate my opponent before jumping onto the court. I played well from A to Z.”
At the same time, she signed her first career victory at Wimbledon. Andreescu had lost in the first round in her two previous appearances.
Before the match, she told her coach about her first experience at Wimbledon.
“In my first three qualifying games which were at another venue, I was amazing. When I showed up at Wimbledon, I completely froze. I was unable to make a forehand.
“It goes back five years. So when I take a step back from that, that first main draw win means a lot to me.”
Thursday, she will face the 17th favorite, Elena Rybakina. A duel that promises.