Denis Shapovalov of Canada reacts after a point against Steve Johnson of the US during their men s singles match at the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 5, 2022. AFP
(AP) _ Denis Shapovalov put up a near-perfect serving performance to beat Steve Johnson 6-3, 7-6 (3) at the Japan Open on Wednesday.
The seventh-seeded Canadian conceded only one point on his first serve and had 11 aces. Shapovalov, who lost in the semifinals four years ago, will next take on Japanese qualifier Rio Noguchi for a place in the quarterfinals.
''(This was) definitely one of my best serving matches,'' Shapovalov said. ``I kind of felt like I needed to against Steve . I'm very happy with my serving performance today and hopefully I can keep it up throughout the week.''
Also, Miomir Kecmanovic came back to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2, and Kwon Soon-woo defeated Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2.
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