NEW YORK — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov defeated Portugal’s Gastao Elias 6-3, 7-5 in second-round play Thursday on the US Open qualification event.
The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., will play his third-round match Friday towards both Jan Satral of the Czech Republic or American Mackenzie McDonald.
The 69th-ranked Shapovalov is seeded second within the qualifying draw after his breakout efficiency on the Rogers Cup in Montreal. He defeated Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro en path to a semifinal look.
Later Thursday, Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., is scheduled to play Slovenia’s Blaz Rola, Montreal’s Francoise Abanda is to satisfy Germany’s Antonia Lottner and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., is to face Stephane Robert of France.
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was eradicated after dropping a 7-6 (8), 6-Four choice to Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Most important draw play begins Monday on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle.