WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Canadian Denis Shapovalov is moving on to the quarterfinals at the Winston-Salem Open.
The 20-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., toppled Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2, 6-3 in third-round play on Wednesday in the first-ever meeting between the two players.
Shapovalov was in full control and up 3-0 in the second set when Kecmanovic showed signs of life and battled back to tie it 3-3. But the Canadian shrugged it off and took the next three games, finishing off the 49th-ranked Kecmanovic with his eighth ace of the match.
His next opponent will either be Sam Querrey or Andrey Rublev.
Shapovalov, the No. 2 seed at the ATP 250 tournament, received a bye into the second round, where he beat American Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-4.
Shapovalov entered the week ranked No. 38 after back-to-back second-round exits at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati — both Masters 1000-level events.
Shapovalov is currently the third-highest ranked Canadian behind No. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime and No. 22 Milos Raonic.