Vasek Pospisil won an all-Canadian showdown at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, beating third-seeded Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Semi-Final – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 23, 2019 Canada’s Vasek Pospisil celebrates after winning his doubles match with Denis Shapovalov against Russia’s Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Pospisil, who is ranked 132nd in the world, never faced a break point, and he won 90 percent of his first-serve points. Shapovalov, who is ranked 16th, saved just three of the six break points he faced.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals was France’s Gregoire Barrere, who edged fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
First-round winners Wednesday were Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and two Frenchmen, Richard Gasquet and Adrian Mannarino.
France’s Corentin Moutet, who reached his first career ATP Tour final last month, upset second-seeded Guido Pella of Argentina 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at Cordoba, Argentina.
Moutet, now ranked 71st, made an impressive run to the championship match at Doha, Qatar, coming out of qualifying and defeating the United States’ Tennys Sandgren, Canada’s Milos Raonic, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka before falling to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
On Wednesday, Moutet fired seven aces in his three-hour win over Pella.
Also moving into the quarterfinals were third-seeded Cristian Garin of Chile, sixth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Andrej Martin of Slovakia.
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Prevailing in a match that featured no service breaks, Ilya Ivashka upset third-seeded Stefano Travaglia of Italy 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to qualify for the quarterfinals at Pune, India.
Ivashka, ranked No. 152, served 10 aces without double-faulting. He and Travaglia each saved four break points.
Second-seeded Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania and Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic won their second-round matches in straight sets while fifth-seeded Yuichi Sugita of Japan got a walkover victory against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, who had a fever. Japan’s Taro Daniel posted a first-round win.
—Field Level Media