ATP Finals contenders Rublev, Shapovalov set for St. Petersburg showdown

ATP Finals contenders Rublev, Shapovalov set for St. Petersburg showdown

The hopefuls of the ATP finals, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov, will meet in the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Open after winning straight sets on Friday.

Rublev holds the final automatic qualifying spot for the season-end tournament in London next month after beating Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-2, 6-1.

The third seed was a cut over Norrie, improving his record to 32 wins and just seven losses that year, including three titles.

Shapovalov defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in a match between youth and experience. The 21-year-old Canadian won 84 percent of his first service points.

Shapalov's compatriot Milos Raonic defeated his colleague Karen Khachanov 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 1) and meets Borna Coric in the other semi-final. Coric ousted Reilly Opelka in straight sentences.

Top seed Alexander Zverev moved into the last four of Cologne's interiors on home soil and beat South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 0.

Zverev will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his third semi-final of the year after the unset Spaniard overtook Dennis Novak 6: 3, 2: 6, 6: 3.

Roberto Bautista Agut and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime fight for a place in the final after victories against Hubert Hurkacz and Radu Albot.

Marco Cecchinato and Lorenzo Musetti are hoping for an all-Italian Sardegna Open in their home country after moving up to the last four places on Friday together with the Serbian duo Laslo Djere and Danilo Petrovic.