DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., won 85 per cent of his first-serve points and saved both break points he faced.
Struff, ranked 39th in the world, has been a nemesis for Shapovalov in recent years. The German had won their previous four matches and leads the lifetime series 4-2.
Shapovalov, who got a first-round bye, will face No. 13 seed Hubert Hurcasz of Poland in the third round. Hurcasz beat Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday at the ATP Tour 500 event.
Hurcasz has a 2-0 career record against Shapovalov.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2021.