Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Denis Shapovalov Knocks off Struff to Earn Semifinal Spot in Japan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Denis Shapovalov Knocks off Struff to Earn Semifinal Spot in Japan

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Canada's Shapovalov advances to semifinals

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TOKYO - Canada's Denis Shapovalov is off to the semifinals at the Japan Open.

The 19-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., saved one match point in a second-set tiebreaker and beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a quarterfinal on Friday.

"In the third set, I felt a little bit more momentum," Shapovalov said. "I felt I was able to free up a bit more and I managed to get an early break and from there I just kind of ran with it."

A shot at a third career all-Canadian matchup between Shapovalov and Milos Raonic was denied when the Thornhill, Ont., veteran lost 7-6 (4), 6-3 to Daniil Medvedev of Russia in another quarterfinal.

The 31st-ranked Shapovalov next squares off with Medvedev, who has won two titles this season and is up to No. …

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