Denis Shapovalov pulled off another victory on Stadium 3 at Indians Wells placing him in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, and as such he had to drop the racket for the mic.
Shapovalov, seeded 24th, defeated No. 11 Marin Cilic, 6-4 6-2, in the third round Tuesday. It was his second consecutive victory on Stadium 3, putting into play a bet he made with the court emcee, Blair Henley, according to a story at ATPTour.com.
The 19-year-old Canadian swapped equipment and laid down some bars.
Canadian teen ‘got a flow to spit’
Henley reminded the young player of the deal after his victory, per ATP, and after a few attempts at it, Shapovalov retrieved his phone to read off the rap he had prepared.
"Yeah, I don't mind ever rapping, but it's just like — it wasn't easy after the match to find my thoughts, find the lyrics," Shapovalov said, per USA Today. "I remember we were talking after my second-round match, and we just said, prepare something, you know, in case I win today.
"So I wrote down a couple of things, took me two, three minutes. Didn't actually look at it until after the match today. So I was like, 'Oh, my God, what are the lyrics again? What are the words?' Yeah, that was fun. That was cool. It's something I have been doing as a hobby. It's just a fun little part of me."
He got into it and the crowd did as well, joining in with the beat that had a little mid-career Kanye West feel to it.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 12, 2019
*Drop the beat*
"I'm here in Cali with the fans gettin' hella lit.
Happy with the win today, now I got a flow to spit.
Lovin' this support, I leave it all on the court.
Fighting like a wolf, I'll be back for more.
So take care and good night, know this the good life.
Hot tubs and court time, Thursday we back alright?"
Shapovalov posts videos online of himself rapping and said he enjoys that it helps him relax and take his mind off the game, per ATP.
Shapovalov reaches first fourth-round at Indian Wells
Shapovalov is among a group of lower-ranked competitors to make it to the fourth round of a shaken-up men’s competition at Indian Wells in California.
He saved both break points against Cilic and his backhand helped him earn a spot in Wednesday’s field. He’ll face Hubert Hurkacz for a spot in the quarterfinal.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic suffered an upset to world-ranked No. 39 Phillip Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev lost to Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 6-1, in the round of 32 as well. Only four of the top 10 seeds remain: No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Roger Federer, No. 7 Dominic Thiem and No. 8 John Isner.
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