Tennis

Denis Shapovalov cruises to semifinals at Stockholm Open

Fourth-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov crushed German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3 in quarter-final action at the Stockholm Open.

No. 4 seed Canadian defeats Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in straight sets

Canadian Dennis Shapovalov, seen at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month, dominated his quarter-final match against German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe at the Stockholm Open on Friday, wrapping up the victory in just under 49 minutes. (Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is heading to the semifinals at the Stockholm Open.

The fourth-seeded Shapovalov crushed German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3 in quarterfinal action at the ATP Tour 250 event on Friday.

The 20-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., finished off Stebe in just under 49 minutes.

The Canadian won 21 of 22 points when he got his first serve in, good for a 95 per-cent clip. Stebe, ranked 213th in the world, was only at 57 per cent (13-of-23) in the same stat.

WATCH | Shapovalov crushes Stebe:

Richmond Hill's Denis Shapovalov is off to Stockholm Open semifinals

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Denis Shapovalov needed just 48 minutes to cruise past German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-0, 6-3, and advance to the semifinals at the Stockholm Open in Sweden. 0:40

Shapovalov, ranked 34th in the world, never faced a break point. He has won 12 of his past 17 matches and could move up to as high as 26th in the world if he captures his first career ATP Tour title this week.

Shapovalov will face the winner of a match between Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Japan's Yuichi Sugita in the semis.

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