Canadians Raonic, Shapovalov win tournament openers in Rotterdam

Canada's Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov are off to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Both easily dispatch opponents to advance to 2nd round

Canada's Milos Raonic, pictured above at the Australian Open, has advanced to the second round in Rotterdam. (Julian Smith/EPA-EFE)

Canada's Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov are off to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Raonic downed Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (8), 7-5 in a first-round match on Tuesday.

Shapovalov, seeded 10th, then beat Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor 7-5, 6-3.

It marked Raonic's first match since a quarter-final loss to Lucas Pouille at the Australian Open last month. After that match, Raonic said he suffered a knee injury.

World No. 14 Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., didn't face an easy draw as Kohlschreiber is ranked 32nd.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is ranked 25th, well ahead of the 351st-ranked Skugor.

WATCH | Highlights from Rotterdam:

The Canadian duo of Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov won their respective matches in straight sets on Tuesday at the Rotterdam Open, advancing to the next round. 1:39

Raonic will face Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the second round on Wednesday. It's a rematch of a second-round Australian Open match, won by the Canadian.

Shapovalov will meet Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

If both Canadians win, they'll square off in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 event.

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