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Shapovalov drops U.S. Open quarter-final to Carreno Busta in wee hours of morning

Canadian Denis Shapovalov has been bounced from the U.S. Open.

The 21-year-old Shapovalov was topped by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday in the quarter-finals, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3.

They needed four hours and nine minutes to complete the five-set thriller at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 29-year-old Carreno Busta, the 20th seed, will now face 23-year-old German and No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

The 12th-seeded Shapovalov fired 26 aces, but also had 11 double faults and 76 unforced errors compared to just 42 for his opponent.

WATCH | Shapovalov loses gruelling quarter-final to Carreno Busta:

Denis Shapovalov’s U.S. Open run is over in the quarter-finals after dropping a tough five set contest to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 0-6, 6-3. 2:42

Shapovalov, who began with serve, and Carreno Busta exchanged break points to open the match.

Shapovalov rolled from there and broke Carreno Busta again with a backhand to go up 5-3 holding serve. His sixth ace helped him take the first set.

Carreno Busta had many great chances to seize control of the 77-minute second set only for Shapovalov to respond each time, keeping it close and eventually forcing a tiebreaker.

The Spaniard broke Shapovalov twice but couldn’t hold serve either time and gave back the points while failing to retain any momentum. Instead of leading, it was 3-3 after Shapovalov’s fourth converted break point.

Shapovalov could be heard voicing his frustration at times through the second set, with multiple unforced errors including six double faults. He got to 6-6 before losing the set on an ace.

Carreno Busta converted the first break point of the third set, taking a 3-2 lead when Shapovalov returned the ball wide.

Shapovalov caught a break when his initial return later on was out and Carreno Busta didn’t challenge. And he let out a roar of excitement when he broke Carreno Busta in the same game to make it 4-4.

The third set also went to a tiebreaker, and was won by Carreno Busta with a forehand winner down the line.

It took exactly three hours to play the first three sets.

Shapovalov continued to grind as the match entered its fourth hour, and raced out to a big advantage in the fourth set on his way to forcing a fifth.

He broke Carreno Busta to open and then pounded four aces in a row to hold serve. He converted his seventh break point on the next game and was up 4-0 after firing his 22nd ace of the match.

Carreno Busta appeared to be saving his energy for the fifth, with Shapovalov breaking him one more time on his way to winning the set in only 28 minutes.

The two traded serves until Shapovalov double faulted for the 11th time to give Carreno Busta the break and a 4-2 lead in the deciding set.

Shapovalov let out a sigh as he saw his tournament come to an end after battling for so long.

Zverev reached the final four for the first time by overcoming 12 double-faults and some deficits to beat Borna Coric in four sets earlier Tuesday.

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., was the first Canadian to ever reach the quarter-finals of men’s singles at the U.S. Open.

Shapovalov was also eliminated by Carreno Busta in the fourth round of the 2017 U.S. Open.

The quarterfinal victory was worth $425,000 US.

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