Canada’s Denis Shapovalov overcame a poor start to defeat Spain’s Pablo Andujar in three sets of 2-6, 6-3 and 6-0 on Wednesday in a second-round match at the St Petersburg tournament.
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Second seed in the competition, the winner took 1 h 48 min to get the 92e world racket. However, the game started badly for the one who received a pass for Round 2. The Ontarian conceded five break points in the initial set and his rival took advantage of it twice.
However, Shapovalov was uncompromising afterwards, taking the opponent’s serve four times. He slammed the 11 aces of the clash and pocketed 56% of the points played.
In the quarterfinals, the 13e ATP player will face Kazakh Alexander Bublik, 34th in the world, or German Jan-Lennard Struff, 53e. In doubles, he will team up with the Indian Rohan Bopanna on Thursday in a quarterfinals duel against Russians Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.
In Vienna, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime will cross swords with Briton Cameron Norrie in his second duel of the event, Thursday.