ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Canada's Denis Shapovalov was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Friday, losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka.
Serving for the win on double match point, Wawrinka sealed up the victory when a Shapovalov return went long.
Wawrinka's advantage came from converting three of the eight break points he had. His serve wasn't overly accurate, landing just 50 per cent of his first serves. But he took 78 per cent of points when his first serve was good, and won on 59 per cent of second serves. Wawrinka also did not have a double fault.
Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., didn't help his cause with 34 unforced errors and seven double faults. But the 10th seed and world No. 25 did show glimpses of brilliance, including coming back from down two breaks to force a second-set tiebreaker. He converted both of his break-point opportunities, with both coming in the second set.
The players each had three aces.
Wawrinka advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 hardcourt tournament with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over fourth seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont.
Wawrinka entered the tournament ranked 68th in the world. But the Swiss veteran is a former world No. 3 and a three-time Grand Slam champion who is finding his form after a couple of injury-plagued seasons.
The victory tied the series between the players at a win apiece. Shapovalov defeated Wawrinka at a hardcourt tournament last year in Tokyo.
Wawrinka will play either Japan's Kei Nishikori or Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the semifinals.
The Canadian Press