Canada’s Denis Shapovalov was defeated in the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg tournament by Russian Andrey Rublev in three sets of 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4 on Saturday.
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The Ontarian is thus deprived of a possible all-Canadian final, while Milos Raonic will face the Croatian Borna Coric in the other meeting of the four aces later in the day.
Shapovalov defended well against the local favorite and third seed in the tournament. More consistent on serve and incisive in return, the 21-year-old tennis player used one of his four break points to win the first set 6-4.
The Canadian did not have the same success in the second set and did not even put half of his first balls in play (15 of 31), leading to a breakage of Rublev. History repeated itself in the third assault and the Russian took the opportunity to collect a second career victory at the hands of “Shapo”.
The 12th player in the world is still looking for a first final in 2020.