Defending champion Shapovalov roars into his second final in Stockholm
The all Canadians second semifinal on Friday evening was set between defending champion Denis Shapovalov and World No.11 Felix Auger-Aliassime. This is the first time ever two Canadians meet at Stockholm Open in the semifinals. The audience at the Royal Tennis Hall roared, acknowledging the titanic battle between the fellow countrymen. Denis Shapovalov won the match 6-4, 7-5 and is ready to pursue his second ATP title after setting up the final against the American Tommy Paul.
During the first set, World No.18 Denis Shapovalov put up a great performance. He started the match, leading 5-2, offering great volley shots, striking serve and high emotional stakes. His fellow countryman Auger-Aliassime composed his game well, covering the whole court and recorded a few very good points. Although Shapo struggled to hold his nerves, he cruised through the set with the result 6-4.
Bravery pays off, even in tennis. Denis dared to get closer to the net, outplayed an amazing backhand volley and both players offered nice volley shots. Felix made an early breakthrough in the second set, but Shapovalov managed to come back in the set. After almost two hours of play, the tension escalated at 5-5 and the players outplayed the longest rally made the audience roar. Denis Shapovalov continued to surprise, while hitting a striking ace, winning the match with 6-4, 7-5.
Saturday’s final between the Canadian Denis Shapovalov and the American Tommy Paul will be their first ATP Heads2Heads. The undertaking is monumental for both players, whereas Shapovalov is to defend his title and Paul sets for maiden title.
If Tommy Paul wins Stockholm Open on Saturday, he will be the 6th player in the tournament’s history to win his maiden title in Stockholm. Henri Leconte/1982, Mardy Fish/2003, Grigor Dimitrov/2013, Stefanos Tsitsipas/2018 and Denis Shapovalov/2019 have written history in Stockholm so far.