The days go by and look the same in Saint Petersburg for Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian was just as convincing in his second round on Thursday as the day before for his entry into the Russian ATP 500. He left no chance to the qualifier Ilya Ivashka to whom he left only 5 games (6-1, 6-4) in 1:07 on the court. The Belarusian, who had beaten another southpaw on Wednesday in the person of Adrian Mannarino, turned out to be helpless this time around. In the quarterfinals, the number 2 seed has an appointment with Stan Wawrinka for a game that should be worth watching.
Shapovalov was ultimately only worried for one game, the first in the game. Led 0/40 from the start on his serve, he managed to keep his throw-in after scrapping 8 minutes and saving 5 break points. Subsequently, the Canadian proceeded: from 1-1 to 6-1, 2-0, he chained 7 games, stifling the potential opposing inclinations thanks in particular to a good quality of first ball (74% and 8 aces). His left-handed serve in particular worked at full speed.
Once the break was made from the start in the second round, Shapovalov did not force the restart, focusing on his service games carried out masterfully thanks to his left-handed slice. In percussion as well on the forehand side as on the crossed short backhand, he also did a lot of damage.
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