Denis Shapovalov’s impressive run at the U.S. Open continued Friday when British opponent Kyle Edmund retired from their third-round match with an injury.
The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., was leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 before Edmund called it quits. While leading the third set 3-2, Edmund took a medical timeout and needed a trainer to stretch and treat his left shoulder, neck and back.
“It’s never great to win this way,” Shapovalov told ESPN on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Kyle’s been playing unbelievable tennis so if he keeps it up he’s going to be doing really well. He’s a very tough opponent.
“It’s very unfortunate but at the same time it’s great to be on to the next round.”
Shapovalov became the youngest player since 17-year-old Michael Chang in 1989 to advance to the tournament’s fourth round. His next opponent will be 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.
“Carreno Busta is an unbelievable player,” said Shapovalov. “He’s another guy that’s been on the tour for a while and he’s got a lot of experience. He plays big, he goes for his shots, so it’s going to be a tough matchup but I’ve been playing some tough guys and I’ve been doing well and hopefully I can do well in the next round.”
He’s already done pretty well against a seeded player at the tournament, eliminating No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Wednesday to advance to the third round.
Shapovalov pressed Edmund as soon as play resumed following the medical break to tie the set 3-3 and then again to take a 4-3 lead, winning 10 consecutive points as the match’s momentum shifted.
Although Edmund eventually won a pair of points, Shapovalov took the third set 6-3. Shapovalov continued to take advantage of Edmund’s hampered mobility and inability to stretch out on returns by firing a pair of aces to start the fourth set before the Briton retired.
In the first set, Shapovalov found himself in a 3-0 hole but battled back to tie it 3-3. Edmund bore down, however, to take the set 6-3.
An out-of-bounds return by Edmund in the second set gave Shapovalov a 2-1 lead, his first of the match. Edmund flubbed another return on a smashing serve by Shapovalov to give the Canadian the set.
Shapovalov converted four of 13 break points and committed 32 unforced errors to Edmund’s…