JJ Wolf’s excitement over Denis Shapovalov leads American prosecution in Washington | ATP Tour

canada Denis Shapovalov was known for having a stuffed animal wolf in his player box in his early days on the ATP Tour. But on Wednesday at City openwith which he was struggling JJ Wolf over the net.

The unseeded American won the 23-year-old’s battle 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 to advance into Washington’s third round, breaking serve on five of seven chances. Despite hitting three aces to Shapovalov’s 20, Wolf was more successful on both first and second serves, posting a strong 81 percent (46/57) win rate on his first throw.

Fueled by home support, the former Ohio State Buckeye also found success at the net, winning 13 of his 16 approaches in the two-hour, 17-minute contest. The victory sets up a meeting against the ninth seed Holger Rune for a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Coming into the ATP 500 event as a newcomer to the top 100 for the first time, Wolf has moved up nine spots to 90th in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings this week. With a season record of 6:4, he has already reached the round of 16 on the ATP Tour (Acapulco, Houston) twice this year. He also picked up wins at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami after qualifying for both events.

Wolf was one of 10 domestic favorites in action in Washington on Wednesday, including three all-American matchups. Third Seed TaylorFritz and Sebastian Korda also advanced in early action with two comfortable wins.

Plays against in his first match since his heartbreaking loss Rafael Nadal in which Wimbledon Fritz prevailed in the quarterfinals 6:4, 6:3 Alexei Popyrin, earning a late break in each set against the Australian. Fritz didn’t face a break point until he saved two from 15/40 to serve the win.

The American is seeking his third title of the season (Indian Wells, Eastbourne) in just his third appearance in Washington. He improved to 17-5 on hard courts this season with his opening win and faces the 16th seed Daniel Evans next.

Korda earned his second straight win in as many days with a 6-1, 6-4 decision against the 12th seed Sebastian Bass. The American won the first five games of the match and then made his move in the seventh game of the second set before securing two late break points. Fifth Seed Grigor Dimitrov waiting in the round of sixteen.

On Wednesday evening, 13th sat Maxim Cressy stormed back jack sock to claim a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win to go after Socks’ four-set win in the Wimbledon second round. Next he meets the top seed Andrei Rublev.

In the other two all-American matchups, 10th seed Frances Tiafoe assumes Christopher Eubanks and fourth seed Reilly Opelka faces Denis Kudl. Thomas Paulplaced 14th, should compete Nick Kyrgios in the DC evening session.

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