Wimbledon 2023: Liam Broady knocked out by 26th seed Denis Shapovalov in third round
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Liam Broady’s journey at Wimbledon ended in the third round as he went out to 26th seed and former semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5.
Making his second career appearance in the third round after beating world No.4 Casper Ruud in five sets only the day before, Broady was unable to capitalise on his one set lead, bowing out to the Canadian in three hours and 13 minutes.
“The quality was super high and it was great tennis from both of us – I’m super happy to get through,” Shapovalov said in his post-match interview.
“I think I got pretty luck sneaking out that third set, I think I would have been in big trouble if Liam had got that one. He played five sets yesterday as well so I can only imagine how he’s feeling.”
Both players struggled to hold in a tentative start to the match – with three consecutive breaks – and Broady had to fight his way back from 3-1 down to eventually take a one set lead after 51 minutes.
Shapovalov – who made the semi-finals here back in 2021 – fired back to win the second but quickly found himself in trouble during what would prove to be a decisive third set.
Broady broke twice to lead to secure a 5-2 lead, but having failed to serve it out, lost five consecutive games to hand Shapovalov the advantage.
The 29-year-old battled hard into the fourth set and both players had to fend off break points to stay on serve. Fatigue starting to settle in on both sides, Shapovalov just had enough to clinch eight of the last 10 points to round off a hard-fought victory.