Benjamin Bonzi offered himself the scalp of Denis Shapovalov to validate his ticket for the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Mallorca. Qualification also for Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Benjamin Bonzi did not give details. This Wednesday, the Frenchman, 56th player in the world, eliminated the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 16th player in the world and seeded n°3, in the round of 16 of the ATP 250 tournament in Mallorca in Spain, on grass, in two sets (6- 4, 6-1) and 1h08 of play. In the first round, however, it was the Frenchman who was broken, white, the first, at 1-1. The Habs quickly overcame their handicap to equalize at 3-3. At 4-3, Benjamin Bonzi then obtained a new break point, before finally taking a new serve from his opponent of the day, at 5-4, to pocket this first set at his first opportunity (6-4). Finally, in the second and final round, the lower-ranked of the two fought on his last three face-offs, saving a total of eight break points. At 2-1, the 56th player in the world was therefore able to both remain solid in service and take the last two of his opponent, including the last white, to win on his first match point (6-1).
Tsitsipas does not tremble
Stefanos Tsitsipas did not fall into the trap. The Greek, 6th player in the world and seeded n°2, eliminated the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, 40th player in the world, in two sets (6-4, 6-4) and 1h24 of play. In the first set, at 1- 1, the Greek got two first break points, but without achieving his ends. It was only a postponement since at 3-3, Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered twice before finally taking the service of his opponent of the day, to then go and pocket this first set at his first opportunity (6- 4). Finally, in the second and last round, the better ranked of the two has, this time, broken his opponent at the start. With this advantage in his pocket, the 6th player in the world then won this meeting, after two match points (6-4). On the other hand, it’s over for the Argentinian Sebastian Baez, 36th player in the world and seeded n°8, who fell to the German Daniel Altmaier, 64th player in the world, in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-4) and 1h40 of play.