Shapovalov, Raonic advance to semifinals at St. Petersburg Open

Denis Shapovalov. (Tertius Pickard / AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic have advanced to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open.

The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., downed No. 5 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in quarterfinal action on Friday at the ATP Tour 500 indoor hard-court event.

Raonic beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-1, 7-6 in the final match of the quarterfinal. He will face No. 7 seed Borna Coric of Croatia in the semifinals.

Shapovalov was strong on first serve, winning 84 per cent of points when he got it in, well ahead of Wawrinka's 72 per-cent clip.

The Canadian is now 2-1 lifetime against the Swiss veteran.

Shapovalov will face No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev in the semifinals on Saturday. The Russian crushed Great Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Shapovalov has a 2-1 edge on Rublev in the lifetime series.

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