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  • October 24, 2020

Shapovalov, Raonic book spots in quarters at St. Petersburg Open

Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic are both heading to the quarter-finals of the St. Petersburg Open.

The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., defeated qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-1, 6-4 in a second-round match at the ATP Tour 500 hard-court event on Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2.

Shapovalov, the world No. 12, saved all five break points he faced and won 89 per cent of points when he got his first serve in.

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“I am in good shape now and I played really well today,” Shapovalov said.

The Canadian will face No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Their lifetime series is tied at 1-1.

“Wawrinka is a very tough opponent,” Shapovalov said. “I think he is in very good shape now. He played two difficult matches in this tournament. I think I’ve met him twice already. It is especially difficult to play against him when he feels confident. I think tomorrow will be a difficult match, but I think that I am also in good shape, and I also played very well in two matches here.”

Raonic, ranked 21st in the world, also was perfect facing his opponent’s break points, saving all four.

Raonic will face No. 4 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia in the quarter-finals. Shapovalov is the highest seed left after top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia lost 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to American Reilly Opelka in the second round.

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No. 7 seed Borna Coric of Crotia faces Opelka, while No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia meets Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the other quarter-finals.

Steve Carr

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