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Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov have a good beginning in the tournament in Rotterdam today, both winning their match of the first round.
Raonic has defeated German Philipp Kohlschreiber in two sets of 7-6 (8), 7-5, while Shapovalov was the result of the Croatian Franko Skugor in two sets of 7-5 and 6-3.
Quarter-finalist in the recent Australian open, Raonic has been solid the service. He dominated 21-2 chapter of the aces and saved the only ball breaks to which he is facing. The fourth favorite of the competition and the 14th best player in the world has entered the service of his rival – ranked 32nd by the ATP – once during this duel 1 h 41 min.
In the next round, the powerful server will return to the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the holder of an invitation from the organisers. The two men clashed in the second round in Melbourne a few weeks ago and the Ontario triumphed 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11) and 7-6 (5).
For its part, Shapovalov managed four breaks in seven opportunities at the expense of the 351st player on the professional circuit. The 10th head of series, who holds the 25th ranking of the ATP, has totaled seven aces, compared to five for Skugor, from the qualifications.
In the next step, the representative of the maple leaf crosses the iron with the Czech Tomas Berdych or Frenchman Gilles Simon. Furthermore, Raonic and Shapovalov could fight in the third round if they each win their next meeting.