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Sports Canadian Denis Shapovalov rolls into semis at Stockholm Open

23:45  18 october  2019
23:45  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai

  Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil off to second round in Shanghai SHANGHAI — Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil have advanced to the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 on Monday. Vancouver's Pospisil, a qualifier for the tournament, upset No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2. The 20-year-old Shapovalov, ranked 36th in the world, won 27 of 29 points on first serve en route to a win over the 51st-ranked Tiafoe.The first game of the match stretched to 15 minutes before Tiafoe held serve, but Shapovalov eventually took control with a break in the first set and two more in the second.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 09: Dennis Shapovalov of Canada in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day five of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 8, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)© 2019 Fred Lee SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 09: Dennis Shapovalov of Canada in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day five of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 8, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images) STOCKHOLM — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is heading to the semifinals at the Stockholm Open.

The fourth-seeded Shapovalov crushed German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3 in quarterfinal action at the ATP Tour 250 event on Friday.

The 20-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., finished off Stebe in just under 49 minutes.

The Canadian won 21 of 22 points when he got his first serve in, good for a 95 per-cent clip. Stebe, ranked 213th in the world, was only at 57 per cent (13-of-23) in the same stat.

Shapovalov, ranked 34th in the world, never faced a break point. He has won 12 of his past 17 matches and could move up to as high as 26th in the world if he captures his first career ATP Tour title this week.

Shapovalov will face the winner of a match between Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Japan's Yuichi Sugita in the semis.

The other semi pits No. 5 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2019.

The Canadian Press

Canada's Denis Shapovalov advances at Paris Masters after opponent retires .
PARIS — Canada's Denis Shapovalov is off to the second round at the Paris Masters after his opponent suffered an injury. Gilles Simon of France retired with a groin injury with the players tied at 2-2 in the first set. Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., will face No. 11 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round. Ranked 28th in the world, Shapovalov beat Fognini in their lone meeting last year at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Shapovalov, 20, is coming off his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open earlier this month. Milos Raonic, the other Canadian in the singles draw at the Paris Masters, will face No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round.

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