Canada’s Denis Shapovalov defeated Belarusian Ilya Ivashka in two sets of 6-1 and 6-4 on Thursday in the second round of the St. Petersburg tournament.
During the 66-minute duel, “Shapo”, the second seed of the competition and 12e world player, won with 25 winning shots against nine for the 141e world, which has been broken three times. The Ontarian also dominated 8-1 in aces count and pocketed 55 of 95 points.
Shapovalov will face the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, seeded number 5.
Later in the day, Milos Raonic will also try to advance to the third round of this competition in Russia. He has an appointment with the Kazakh Alexander Bublik. Finally, on the Cologne side, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime will face Swiss Henri Laaksonen in a second round clash.