Alex de Minaur has achieved another remarkable victory in the late season, beating the dangerous Denis Shapovalov and reaching the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open.
The Australian No. 2 holds a fine touring record against his Canadian contemporary, taking a fourth straight win against his fellow 23-year-old in Friday’s quarterfinals with a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win.
Fifth seed De Minaur, who looked good all week in the Swedish capital, never gave up his early hold, cashing in on an error-ridden display from Shapovalov, who made 22 unforced errors against the Sydneysider’s 10.
The Canadian fourth seed also sent six double errors as De Minaur reached the last four in one hour and 40 minutes, and has yet to drop another set in the tournament.
De Minaur, who made an excellent comeback, held out strong in the decisive tiebreak in the second set, trailing 3-1 to seal the win on his first match point after a closely fought 57-minute stanza.
In Saturday’s semi-final, De Minaur will face the winner of the match that followed him on the court at the Royal Tennis Hall between Briton Cameron Norrie and up-and-coming Danish teenager Holger Rune.
De Minaur, currently 23 on the computer, would regain his long-held Australian No. 1 position from Nick Kyrgios, currently No. 20 in the world, if he can enjoy his second tournament win of the year this weekend after his Atlanta win in July. .
Getting the scalp of the world’s No. 20 Shapovalov was a sign of his sharpness, as the Canadian has been in good shape lately, having reached the final in Seoul last week and the semi-final in Tokyo during his previous two events.