Denis Shapovalov knocks off Stan Wawrinka, advances to St. Petersburg semifinals

Denis Shapovalov knocks off Stan Wawrinka, advances to St. Petersburg semifinals

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open.

The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., downed No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in quarter-final action on Friday at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hard-court event.

Shapovalov was strong on first serve, winning 84 per cent of points when he got it in, well ahead of Wawrinka’s 72 per-cent clip.

The Canadian is now 2-1 lifetime against the Swiss veteran.

WATCH | Shapovalov advances to semis:

Second-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., downed No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in the St. Petersburg Open quarter-finals. 3:03

Shapovalov will face No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev in the semis on Saturday. The Russian crushed Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

Shapovalov has a 2-1 edge on Rublev in the lifetime series.

No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is scheduled to face No. 4 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia in a quarter-final later Friday.

The other quarter-final featured No. 7 seed Borna Coric of Croatia against American Reilly Opelka.

Published at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:07:24 +0000