Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the second round of the Italian Open.
The No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat world No. 37 Guido Pella of Argentina 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event.
Shapovalov won 85 per cent of points when he got his first serve in (22 of 26), well above Pella’s 62 per-cent clip (22 of 40).
Shapovalov will face world No. 109 Pedro Martinez, a qualifier from Spain, in the second round.
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The 21-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a run to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open.
No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., was scheduled to face France’s Adrian Mannarino in a first-round match later Tuesday.
No fans at Foro Italico
No. 16 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal lost his first-round match to Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Monday.
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Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic’s first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open will come against local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in the second round.
The 87th-ranked Caruso defeated American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) Tuesday in the opening round at the empty Foro Italico, where fans are being kept away because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Caruso saved a match point late in the third set before closing it out after nearly three hours on a steamy 32 C day.
The top-ranked Djokovic, who had a first-round bye, said Monday that he learned “a big lesson” after he was thrown out of the tournament in New York for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball.
Djokovic beat Caruso in straight sets in their only career meeting in the third round of last year’s French Open.
In other matches Tuesday:
- U.S. Open quarter-finalist Andrey Rublev won in straight sets. Rublev eliminated Argentine qualifier Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-4.
- Australia’s Alex de Minaur, another U.S. Open quarter-finalist, was tentative and wasted numerous chances in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) loss to German qualifier Diminik Koepfer.
- Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, the younger brother of 2005 Rome runner-up Guillermo Coria, beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 7-6 (5). Coria will next face local favourite Matteo Berrettini, the No. 4 seed.
- Katerina Siniakova rolled past three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1; and last year’s French Open finalist, Marketa Vondrou┼íova, held off a comeback from Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.