Denis Shapovalov surges into final of Korea Open; to face Yoshihito Nishioka for title
Shapovalov defeated eighth seed Jenson Brooksby in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to set up final clash with Nishioka
Shapovalov defeated eighth seed Jenson Brooksby of the United States 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday while Nishioka beat another American, Aleksandar Kovacevic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final in Seoul.
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“Brooksby was definitely a tough opponent,” said Shapovalov, who rose to a career-high 10th in the world two years ago but is now ranked 24.
“But I prepared for the match well and I had some practice time with him, which helped.”
The 23-year-old Shapovalov’s only previous ATP title came in Stockholm in 2019.
Shapovalov and Nishioka have faced each other once before, with the 56th-ranked Japanese winning in the round of 16 at the 2018 Shenzhen Open.
Nishioka stunned world number two Casper Ruud of Norway in the quarter-finals.
Pliskova, who has won 16 career singles titles, hired Bajin in November 2020 and the 38-year-old German coach helped her to the 2021 Wimbledon finals.
Canada won their first Davis Cup title by beating Australia 2-0 in Malaga.
Victory for Italy set-up a semi-final clash on Saturday against Canada who also triumphed in the deciding doubles of their last-eight tie against Germany to win 2-1.