Denis Shapovalov reaches the round of 16 of the ATP 500 of St. Petersburg. The Canadian gave no choice to a Victor Troicki whom he dispatched in 63 minutes of play: 6-2 and 6-3. His next opponent in a theoretical quarter-final will be the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, one of the great favorites for the title in the Russian tournament, who defeated the semi-unknown local player Evgeny Donskoy with some difficulties: 6-1, 3-6 and 6-3.
One of the stellar duels of the day did not disappoint and had many alternatives. It supposed the staging of Daniil Medvedev, first seed of the tournament, which was measured with Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman struck first to take the first set 6-3, but the best of the Russian was yet to come. Shaking off doubts, Medvedev swept a partial of 12 games to 3 (6-3 and 6-0) that allowed him to seal his pass to the next round with force.
Other names to consider did not fail, such as the American Opelka, who beat Serdasuric in three sets (3-6, 7-6 and 6-2) and will be Medvedev's rival in the round of 16. Who gave the first local joy of the day was Roman Safiullin, who made his debut against the Ecuadorian Gómez with comfort, chaining up to 14 consecutive points: 6-4 and 6-2.