Tennis

Denis Shapovalov advances to Stockholm quarter-finals

Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov is off to the quarter-finals at the Stockholm Open after defeating Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Thursday

20-year-old Canadian in pursuit of 1st ATP title

Dennis Shapovalov, seen at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month, won his second-round match at the Stockholm Open on Thursday. ( Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is off to the quarter-finals at the Stockholm Open.

The No. 4 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Thursday in a second-round match at the ATP Tour 250 event.

Shapovalov, who got a first-round bye, won 92 per cent of his points when he got his first serve in and saved four of five break-point chances for the 90th-ranked Popyrin.

The 20-year-old Shapovalov, ranked 34th, is looking for his first career ATP Tour title.

WATCH | Shapovalov ousts Popyrin in Stockholm:

Shapovalov advances to quarter-finals at Stockholm Open

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Denis Shapovalov defeated Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. 0:33

The draw could be in the Canadian's favour. Just one other seeded player — No. 5 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain — is left.

Top seed Fabio Fognini of Italy lost 6-1, 6-1 to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia on Thursday. Tipsarevic, 35, is playing in his final ATP event before retirement.

Shapovalov will face German qualifier Cedrik Marcel-Stebe in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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