Denis Shapovalov and Benoit Paire moved into the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Shapovalov, the second seed at the ATP 250 tournament, was untroubled by Miomir Kecmanovic in a 6-2 6-3 victory in a rain-hit North Carolina.

The 20-year-old Canadian broke serve five times in a dominant display, moving into the last eight.

He will face another talented youngster in Andrey Rublev, who edged past 2009 runner-up Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10).

Russian 21-year-old Rublev, who stunned Roger Federer in Cincinnati last week, needed one hour, 51 minutes to get past the American sixth seed.

Paire, the top seed, overcame French compatriot Ugo Humbert 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Next up for Paire is Pablo Carreno Busta after the Spanish 11th seed beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (9-7) 6-0.

Hubert Hurkacz and Frances Tiafoe will also meet in the quarter-finals after they benefitted from retirements.

Hurkacz led Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-1 when the Spaniard retired, while Tiafoe is yet to complete a match this week, having taken the first set against Filip Krajinovic 6-2 when the Serbian eighth seed retired.

Last year's runner-up Steve Johnson is embarking on another run after a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) win over Casper Ruud, with the American to meet John Millman following the Australian 14th seed's 6-3 6-4 victory over Robin Haase.

Denis Shapovalov eased into the last 16 at the Winston-Salem Open, while Andrey Rublev claimed two wins on Tuesday.

Shapovalov was too good for Tennys Sandgren – who eliminated Andy Murray at the ATP 250 event – in a 6-2 6-4 second-round victory in North Carolina.

The Canadian second seed made it two straight-sets wins in as many meetings with Sandgren, advancing in one hour, 16 minutes.

Shapovalov will meet Miomir Kecmanovic, who got past Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

Russian Rublev, who beat Roger Federer last week in Cincinnati, posted a 6-4 6-2 first-round win over Italian Thomas Fabbiano and then beat Spanish ninth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1.

The 21-year-old's wins came as the tournament played catch up after a rain-hit Monday.

Rublev will face Sam Querrey after the American sixth seed and 2009 runner-up served 15 aces in a 6-3 7-5 victory over Roberto Carballes Baena.

John Millman, the Australian who last year pulled off a huge US Open shock by beating Federer in the fourth round, was given a workout by Italian Marco Cecchinato before pulling through a 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 winner.

Millman will face Robin Haase next after the 32-year-old Dutchman, who has nosedived from 50th to 154th in the rankings during a rough season, caused a shock by beating fourth seed Joao Sousa 4-6 6-3 6-4.

French top seed Benoit Paire fended off Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3 7-5 to also reach the third round, while Norwegian Casper Ruud joined him when South African opponent Lloyd Harris retired after dropping the first set 6-1 in their contest.

Last year's runner-up Steve Johnson is also into the last 16, while Hubert Hurkacz ended the run of Lee Duck-hee, who made history on Monday by becoming the first deaf player to win a main-draw ATP Tour match.

Also moving through were Ugo Humbert, Pablo Carreno Busta, Lorenzo Sonego, Filip Krajinovic, Frances Tiafoe and Feliciano Lopez.

Seeded pair Benoit Paire and Cristian Garin were dumped out of the German Tennis Championships on Monday, along with two-time former champion Leonardo Mayer.

A day of upsets saw Paire go down to countryman Jeremy Chardy, while Garin went out to Andrey Rublev.

Fifth seed Paire scraped through the opening set but ultimately came up short, losing 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3.

Mayer's defeat was perhaps the most shocking reverse, though, as he lost to 18-year-old wildcard Rudolf Molleker in straight sets.

Home hopeful Molleker came through a first-set tie-break 10-8 and then secured the only break of the match to see off the 2014 and 2017 winner. Mayer had also reached the final last year.

He was the only German player to win on Monday, however, as Martin Klizan - himself a former champion - eased past Daniel Altmaier.

Philipp Kohlschreiber was easily dispatched by Marton Fucsovics.

At the Swiss Open Gstaad, 2014 winner Pablo Andujar came through three sets against Dennis Novak, while Roberto Carballes Baena also advanced.

Corentin Moutet exited at the hands of Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, but Stefano Travaglia, who defeated Fabio Fognini at last week's Croatia Open Umag, progressed.

Novak Djokovic progressed into round three at Wimbledon, but Kyle Edmund and Stan Wawrinka were both dumped out on Wednesday.

Denis Kudla got the Centre Court crowd on side with some bright play and inventive shots against the defending champion, but Djokovic ultimately made light work of the Ukrainian-born American to win 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Edmund did not have the same luck earlier on Centre Court, however, as he gave up a two-set lead to lose 4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to Fernando Verdasco.

There was a bigger shock on No.2 Court, as Stan Wawrinka succumbed to a surprise defeat to American youngster Reilly Opelka.

Kevin Anderson got the better of Janko Tipsarevic, with teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime - seeded 19th - brushing aside Corentin Moutet, also in four sets.

Tenth-seed Karen Khachanov overcame a poor start to dispatch Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-4 7-5 6-4, while Daniil Medvedev saw off qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Seeds Milos Raonic, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire also booked their places in round three.

DJOKOVIC'S TITLE DEFENCE RUNNING SMOOTHLY

World number one Djokovic had four match points against Kudla as the 26-year-old rallied to push the Serbian all the way in the final game.

A stray return into the net finally ended Kudla's resistance, however, and Djokovic was content with another convincing display as he hunts a fifth Wimbledon title.

"I'm pleased with my game overall. There were some moments in the match when I could have done better but it was a solid performance overall," Djokovic said.

"Ambitions are high and I've been fortunate in my career to do so well in grand slams. I have to think only about the next challenge and take things one step at a time."

 

BRITISH NUMBER ONE EDMUND BOWS OUT

Edmund started well on Centre Court, breezing through the first two sets 6-4 6-4, but a knee injury derailed his performance.

And despite playing on after receiving treatment, Edmund could not hold off Verdasco, who fought back to secure victory over three hours and 43 minutes.

"I am a little tired. It's never easy to beat a player like Kyle," Verdasco told BBC Sport after his win. "The match was pretty complicated in the first and second set, and I was just trying to stay in the match and keep fighting, even if things weren't going my way but I was able to come back slowly point after point."

 

WAWRINKA PRAGMATIC AFTER EARLY EXIT

Wawrinka has not been beyond the second round at SW19 since 2015 and the 34-year-old Swiss took his early exit on the chin after Opelka consigned him to a 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 loss.

"I never said I was ready to win Wimbledon. I said that was my goal. I come every year with the challenge to play the best I can. I played in the quarter-final twice," said Wawrinka, who has won the other three majors.

"If not, I lost first round, second round. I know how tough it is to win a grand slam. I'm really happy with everything I've achieved all my career by winning three grand slams in the same era of the big four."

Nature Valley International top seed Guido Pella slumped out in his first match of the tournament, while Benoit Paire suffered a similar fate at the Antalya Open.

Brasil Open winner Pella was handed a bye in the first round at Eastbourne, but came undone against unseeded American Taylor Fritz on Wednesday.

Fritz let his Argentine opponent back into the contest after cruising in the first set, but Pella's resistance was not enough as he went down 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Fellow seeds Laslo Djere and Dusan Lajovic also dropped out, losing 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6) and 6-2 6-3 to Thomas Fabbiano and Sam Querrey respectively.

Though the top four seeds are now all out, Fernando Verdasco – who needed three sets to see off Juan Ignacio Londero – and Gilles Simon, fresh from finishing as runner up at the Queen's Club Championships, both progressed, and will be among the favourites heading into the closing days of play.

Dan Evans also eased through, beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5, while Kyle Edmund overcame Cameron Norrie 6-2 6-2 to set up an all-British quarter-final.

The top seed was also beaten at the Antalya Open on Wednesday, as qualifier Viktor Troicki recorded a surprise win over world number 32 Paire.

Former world number 12 Troicki missed three months of last season due to a back injury, and entered the tournament way down the ATP rankings, but shocked Paire with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) win.

Troicki will next play Miomir Kecmanovic, who knocked out sixth seed Ugo Humbert 6-4 7-5, in the last 16.

Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta edged past Kevin Krawietz, and Bernard Tomic overcame Peter Gojowczyk in Wednesday's other matches.

Lorenzo Sonego shocked eighth seed Joao Sousa to progress into the second round of the Antalya Open on Sunday.

Having convincingly won the first set, Sonego got the better of the 2018 quarter-finalist after a remarkable tie-break.

Sousa looked to have the edge when he made it 11-10, but Sonego fought back, claiming successive points before breaking serve to wrap up a 6-4 7-6 (13-11) victory.

Miomir Kecmanovic also won his first-round tie, coming through 6-4 6-3 against Jaume Munar.

Viktor Troicki will meet Jozef Kovalik in the first round after the top-ranked qualifier survived a scare from Roberto Ortega-Olmedo.

Troicki fell behind in the first set on Sunday and needed a tie-break to keep himself in the match in the second.

But the two-time Sydney International champion rallied in the third, securing a 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 win.

Stan Wawrinka came through an epic five-set battle with Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had a much easier path into the French Open quarter-finals.

Wawrinka and Tsitsipas both had to finish their third-round matches on Saturday and it was the Swiss who ran out a 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 winner on Court Suzanne-Lenglen a day later.

Their five-hour-and-nine-minute clash meant Kei Nishikori led Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 when bad light stopped play.

Earlier on Sunday, Federer coasted past Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-3, while 11-time champion Rafael Nadal got past Juan Ignacio Londero by the same scoreline.

With Nishikori and Paire unable to finish, Nadal will have to wait to discover his quarter-final opponent.

 

STAN SINKS TSITSIPAS

Wawrinka beat Grigor Dimitrov in three tie-breaks and he made it four in a row after saving a set point in the opener against Tsitsipas.

The Greek required six chances to restore parity and he forced a decider when the 24th seed dropped his serve immediately after cancelling out an early break in the fourth.

Wawrinka staved off eight break points in the fifth set - and 22 across the entire match - before somehow clipping the chalk with a running backhand down the line, which was upheld after the umpire got out of his chair.

Asked to describe the experience a disconsolate Tsitsipas said: "It's the worst feeling ever. Especially when you lose. You don't want to be in my place."

 

FEDERER TO FACE FAMILIAR FOE

By beating Tsitsipas, Wawrinka set up a repeat of his quarter-final against Federer at Roland Garros in 2015. Wawrinka won in straight sets that time around, and the 20-time major winner hopes lightning does not strike twice.

"I'm just happy for the guy that he's back after his knee problems. They were severe, and that's why I think he's really happy he got sort of a second life on tour, because I think for a while there he wasn't sure if he was ever going to come back again," said Federer after a comfortable win over Mayer.

"It's nice to see him pain-free and playing well. I hope he's not at the level of '15, but we'll find out, because there he was crushing the ball. It was unbelievable."

 

LONDERO 'A CHAMPION' FOR TAKING ON NADAL

It was less than four months ago that Londero claimed his first title on the ATP Tour, and that was only his fourth appearance in the main draw at that level.

The 25-year-old world number 78 played with plenty of courage on Sunday but was nowhere near as clinical as Nadal, who the grand slam debutant was simply proud to have gone toe-to-toe with.

"I feel sort of like a champion, because on such a large court I played very well against Nadal," said Londero.

"I felt that I was going to be more nervous, but in the end, it was not the case. So I'm very happy because I played very well."

Grigor Dimitrov won a five-set battle with Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka came to a young fan's rescue at the French Open, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer cruised into the third round on Wednesday.

Dimitrov has tumbled down to 46th in the rankings, but the Bulgarian is through to round three at Roland Garros after a 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 defeat of 11th seed Cilic.

Wawrinka will face Dimitrov after hammering Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0 and then protecting a young boy as fans swarmed to get his autograph.

Nadal, the 11-time champion in Paris, dispatched Yannick Maden 6-1 6-2 6-4, while Federer cruised past Oscar Otte 6-4 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Kei Nishikori were among the other winners, while Benoit Paire took the final set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert 11-9 in a marathon all-French encounter.

 

DIMITROV BACK IN BUSINESS

Dimitrov needed four hours and 24 minutes to see off Cilic and was on a high after hitting 60 winners in an epic contest on the new Court Simonne-Mathieu.

He said: "Every win that I have now, I appreciate it. I don't really think of who I'm playing against. I just want to have those wins. It was a very, very important match to me, without a doubt.

"Clearly I have struggled the past two, three months. The shoulder hasn't been great."

 

STAN PROVES HE IS THE  MAN

Wawrinka showed his class not only with his racket but also by carrying a boy and helping to find his father as fans desperately tried to get his signature.

The Swiss said: "People were pushing too much, and he started to cry because he had some pain.

"I took him out of that mess a little bit, and he was in pain and sad. So for sure, I tried to make him feel better, give him a towel, and try to find his dad."

 

I PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT HIS FATHER - FEDERER

Talking of parents, Federer's next opponent will be Casper Ruud - the 20-year-old son of former ATP Tour player Christian Ruud - in the next round. 

"I know probably more about his dad than about him. Even though I never played him, the father." said the 20-time grand slam champion.

"I know that he's improved a lot, you know, in recent years, and I think he plays very well on the clay. Again, I haven't seen him play a whole lot. But for any 20-year-old to be on the big stage, playing a top guy, on a centre court, that's what you dream of, at least I did.

"When you're growing up and thinking to be a professional tennis player, it's not so much about actually playing a certain player, it's about playing on a certain court. He's going to get that either on Lenglen or Chatrier for the next match."

Benoit Paire claimed his second title in 2019 with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Felix Auger Aliassime in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.

The Frenchman followed up his success in Marrakech last month by triumphing on home soil, in the process denying his teenage opponent a maiden tournament win.

Auger Aliassime, 18, had the opportunity to become the youngest champion on the ATP Tour since Kei Nishikori at Delray Beach in 2008.

However, the fourth-seeded Canadian struggled to impose himself from the outset in a match that lasted one hour and 20 minutes.

"I had a good week even though it didn’t end the way I wanted, not playing the way I wanted or being physically well," Auger-Aliassime said in quotes on the ATP's official website.

"There's disappointment because these finals don't come around often but there's a lot of positives to take from that week. Hopefully I give myself other chances for titles."

As for Paire, he is likely to be nestled inside the world's top 40 of the updated rankings by the time he takes to the court for his first-round clash against Marius Copil at the French Open next week.

Alexander Zverev will face Nicolas Jarry in his second final of the season after seeing off Federico Delbonis in the Geneva Open.

Zverev has endured a disappointing year, but the world number five could start the French Open next week on the back of his first title in 2019.

The top seed rolled up his sleeves to beat Delbonis 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 on Friday, blasting down 15 aces and winning 81 per cent of points on his first serve.

Zverev said: "I am very happy with the win. I am very happy to be in the final and [to] give myself an opportunity to win a tournament here.

"I made 15 aces so my serve was doing alright ... [Delbonis] beat great players on this surface already, he has done well on this surface and I think winning against him is a good win."

The unseeded Jarry reached only his second ATP Tour final with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Radu Albot. 

Jarry has not dropped a set this week and the world number 75 stands on the brink of a maiden ATP Tour title.

Felix Auger-Aliassime will also contest his second ATP Tour championship match following a 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 success against top seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Lyon Open.

The 18-year-old Canadian rising star will come up against Benoit Paire, who was a 6-4 6-2 winner in his semi-final with Taylor Fritz on home soil.

Benoit Paire eased to a straight-sets win over Pablo Andujar in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday as the Spaniard failed to defend the title he won 12 months ago.

Andujar defeated Kyle Edmund in last year's decider – his third success in Marrakech after previous triumphs in 2011 and 2012 – but he was soundly beaten 6-2 6-3 on this occasion.

Paire broke three times en route to a straightforward victory as the Frenchman picked up the second ATP Tour crown of his career.

In doing so, Paire extended his perfect record over his opponent to 4-0 and gained revenge for a defeat to Andujar on the ATP Challenger Tour two weeks ago, when the Spaniard saved a match point to claim the title in Marbella.

Only one place in the rankings separated these two at the start of play but once the action got under way Paire was firmly in the ascendancy, a deft drop-shot setting up a break point before Andujar's wild forehand gave his rival a 4-2 lead in the first. The set was sealed courtesy of another break as the Spaniard dumped a backhand into the tramlines.

At 3-2 up in the second, Paire's thumping return forced Andujar to net and victory was sealed with consummate ease as an ace out wide set up match point before another superb serve allowed him a routine forehand winner into the open court.

Defending champion Pablo Andujar will face Benoit Paire in the Grand Prix Hassan II final after the duo posted contrasting victories on Saturday.

After quarter-final opponent Jiri Vesely was forced to withdraw due to a toe injury, a rested Andujar proved far too strong for Gilles Simon.

The Spaniard prevailed 6-1 6-1 in 74 minutes, recording five breaks of serve to reach the tournament's final for a fourth time.

Andujar now has an impressive 18-2 career record in Marrakech, though he has never beaten Paire in their three previous meetings on the ATP Tour.

The Frenchman was forced to work much harder to seal his progress, rallying from a set down to see off compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Having fought back after losing the opening set to draw level, Paire was then 3-1 behind in the decider before reeling off five games in a row to triumph after just under two hours on court.

The 29-year-old will have the opportunity to win a second career title, his only previous success coming at the Swedish Open four years ago.

Borna Coric and Fernando Verdasco suffered surprise last-16 defeats at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Second seed Coric lost 6-3 6-3 to home hope Ugo Humbert, while Verdasco was humbled by a player ranked 117 places below him.

The Spaniard, seeded fifth, succumbed to a 6-4 6-3 reverse against world number 143 Matthias Bachinger.

There were no such issues for third seed David Goffin, who downed Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 to set up a quarter-final meeting with two-time winner Gilles Simon.

Elsewhere in the draw, there were wins for Andrey Rublev against Matteo Berrettini and for Sergiy Stakhovsky against Gregoire Barrere.

Humbert and Bachinger face each other in the next round, Rublev takes on Mikhail Kukushkin, while Stakhovsky tackles top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

 

Stan Wawrinka got back to winnings ways by defeating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Monday.

Former world number three Wawrinka, yet to return to his previous heights after serious knee injuries, staved off three set points before clinching a tie-break and he reeled off six games in succession to complete a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

The victory represented the Swiss' first since the opening round of the Australian Open, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Milos Raonic – who he could face in the second round in Netherlands – and Marius Copil.

Paire was unable to convert a break point while leading 5-3 in the first set and he passed up two opportunities to serve it out, and Wawrinka made sure to punish him by claiming the tie-break and racing to victory.

"It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set," said the 2015 champion Wawrinka.

"I feel good in general. I had a good off-season and took the time to get back in shape. I now need matches to build my confidence, but I have to be patient with that. It was a long year to get back physically, but now I'm playing well."

Hyeon Chung was unable to make the most of winning the first set as he fell to a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Andreas Seppi also required three sets to see off qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated home hope Robin Haase 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

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