Raonic, Shapovalov lose in St. Petersburg, spoiling their chances of an all-Canadian final


Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic were ousted in the semi-finals on Saturday at the St. Petersburg Open tennis tournament in Russia.Shapovalov, the second seed in the ATP 500 hard court event, lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to third seed Andrey Rublev of Russia, who will face seventh seed Borna Coric in Sunday’s final.

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

Shapovalov struggled with the accuracy of his serve, scoring only 57% of his first serves and committing eight double faults.

“I started well, but my opponent then managed to improve his game,” said Shapovalov. This sometimes happens. I think it was a great game and we both played really well. ”

WATCH | Shapovalov only converts a single breakpoint chance in the semi-final:

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., Loses to Andrey Rublev of Russia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. 1:18

The 21-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., Also didn’t make the most of his chances, converting only one of six breakpoint opportunities.

“At first I lost my attention during my serve, then Andrey started to play better,” Shapovalov said. “He’s really in good shape now. If you give him a chance, like I gave it today, he will take it.

“I had a chance today in the third set to take a break, but I didn’t use it, then he just played well. “

High-profile Canadian records 18 aces

Rublev was slightly better on serve, winning 70% of serve points against 67% for Shapovalov, but the Russian only committed two double faults and managed two of his five breakpoint chances.

With the victory, Rublev tied his all-time record against Shapovalov at 2-2.

WATCH | Raonic abandons his first career match against Borna Coric:

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. Falls to Borna Coric of Croatia 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. 1:04

Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., Crossed the first round against Coric to quickly take the lead in their semi-final before the Croats returned to win the game.

The great 29-year-old Canadian had 18 aces to four for Coric, but Raonic saved just two of the five break points he faced. Coric saved six out of eight.

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


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