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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 31-28, 34-37, 48-47 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    11 % Schwartzman – 13 of 113
    18 % Shapovalov – 21 of 112

    Amazingly tight match, and one of the longest in the tournament history (3 hours 15 minutes) between ranking neighbours: Shapovalov [14] and Schwartzman [15]. The Argentinian came back from a *2:4 (15/30) deficit in the 3rd set. Shapovalov (his best clay-court result thus far) was serving for the match at 5:4; he was not closer than three points to advance to the final. In the 7/4 tie-break, Schwartzman lost two points he should have won (BH passing-shots being close to the net). In the quarterfinal he ousted Nadal 6-2, 7-5 (!) having lost their nine previous meetings; all deprived of the deciding set. “My time will come whether it’s now or later. I think God has a path for me, and obviously today I wasn’t meant to win,” said Shapovalov, for whom it was 72nd main-level event. “But I’m going to keep working, keep improving, and if I don’t get there now, then I’ll just keep pushing to try to break through to the Top 10. I’m only 21, so I’m really happy with having that chance for now, to come that close.”

    Serve & volley: Schwartzman 0, Shapovalov 10/15

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