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Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native defeated Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at the Grand Slam tournament.

It's the furthest Shapovalov has ever advanced at Melbourne Park.

The 22-year-old had previously been eliminated in the third round in 2019 and 2021.

The Canadian triumphed in his first-ever match against Opelka on the ATP Tour.

He will next face Germany's Alexander Zverev, who defeated Maldova's Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in their third round match.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

The Canadian Press