Michael Mmoh manages to surprise by eliminating the Canadian Denis Shapovalov in three sets (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) in his duel for the second round of the ATP 250 series in Delray Beach. The American is Mackenzie McDonald’s competitor.
A great game to end the day in Delray Beach. Denis Shapovalov He had been looking for confidence after a quick farewell at the Australian Open and also after losing his debut at the subsequent ATP in Dallas, it is true, at the hands of eventual champion Yibing Wu. For him Michael Mmohwho has raised his level and managed to establish himself in the Top 100, had already made his debut in the tournament, defeating his compatriot Aleksandar Kovacevic.
Mmoh makes it to the quarterfinals
A better start to the game for Shapovalov, who took advantage of his greater experience against Mmoh, who at times abuses his power and makes more than usual unforced errors. In this case, the Canadian got the first break and went 4-1 on the scoreboard. But the American tennis player was going to return the break to level the story. Continuing on that path, Michael got another break and won the first set 7-5.
Little by little, Mmoh found better sensations in his serve, which, if successful, can endanger any opponent. In a fast-moving second set, the American created a few break opportunities that he was unable to hit. At the best moment and against all odds, Shapovalov managed to break and win the second set 6-3.
It was all set for a very tight final set, with both players well aware that a single break could swing the game for either side. On this occasion, Shapo would be 0-40 at 2-2, but his rival would save to shift the pressure to the Canadian. In fact, it was Denis himself who always had to hold his serve to tie. With everything heading towards tight definition, the American made a thorough break to go 5-3 ahead and on the brink of victory. In the end, Mmoh confirmed his victory with another decisive 6-3.