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Raonic, Shapovalov lose in St. Petersburg, spoiling likelihood of all-Canadian remaining | CBC Sports activities

Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic had been ousted within the semifinal spherical Saturday on the St. Petersburg Open tennis event in Russia.

Shapovalov, seeded second on the ATP 500 hardcourt occasion, misplaced 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to 3rd seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, who will face seventh seed Borna Coric in Sunday’s remaining.

Raonic, the sixth seed and 2015 champion, fell 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Coric of Croatia.

Shapovalov had bother with the accuracy of his serve, touchdown simply 57 per cent of his first serves and committing eight double faults.

WATCH | Denis Shapovalov advances to St. Petersburg semifinals:

Sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., defeated Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 within the second spherical of the St. Petersburg Open. 2:31

The 21-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., additionally did not benefit from his alternatives, changing simply one in all six break level possibilities.

“I believe Andrey is among the greatest gamers on the planet proper now,” Shapovalov stated earlier than Saturday’s match. “He was taking part in very properly on the final couple of tournaments.

“Typically our sport type appears to be like the identical, we each play aggressively and we wish to hit winners, so it is going to be robust however attention-grabbing.”

Large-hitting Canadian posts 18 aces

Rublev was marginally higher on serve, successful 70 per cent of service factors in comparison with 67 per cent for Shapovalov, however the Russian dedicated simply two double faults and made good on two of his 5 break level possibilities.

With the win, Rublev evened his all-time report in opposition to Shapovalov at 2-2.

WATCH | Milos Raonic reaches St. Petersburg semis:

Second-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., beat qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-1, 6-4 within the second spherical of the St. Petersburg Open. 2:14

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., breezed by way of the primary spherical in opposition to Coric to take an early lead of their semifinal earlier than the Croat roared again to win the match.

The 29-year-old big-hitting Canadian had 18 aces to 4 for Coric, however Raonic solely saved two of the 5 break factors he confronted. Coric saved six of eight.

The all-time sequence between Coric and Raonic is now even at one win apiece.


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