Schwartzman eases via, Shapovalov shocked by Simon
Diego Schwartzman eased to a straight-sets win over home hope Oscar Otte but there was a shock in store for Denis Shapovalov at the Cologne Championships.
Second seed Schwartzman, ranked ninth in the world, needed just 81 minutes to seal a 6-3, 6-2 victory, setting up a third-round meeting with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
It was a less happy outing for third seed Shapovalov in Germany, the Canadian succumbing to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 loss against Gilles Simon.
The result represented a measure of revenge for Simon after the Frenchman lost to world No. 12 Shapovalov in the first round of the French Open.
“I am really happy with the way I played, with the focus I had over all of the match,” Simon said in his on-court interview. “I am really happy to beat him, because it is a very, very good win. I had a tough match with him at Roland Garros. I lost it unfortunately, so I am happy that I am the winner this time.”
Jannik Sinner awaits for Simon after he defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert, while Yoshihito Nishioka also made it through.
At the European Open in Antwerp, top seed and home favorite David Goffin suffered a stunning 6-3, 7-5 defeat to American qualifier Marcos Giron.
Giron’s surprise victory put him in the last eight of an ATP Tour event for the first time. He saved 10 of 13 break points he faced for a maiden victory over a top-20 opponent.
Canada’s Milos Raonic was not to be denied a place in the quarterfinals, though, and a 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat of Cameron Norrie means he will now meet Grigor Dimitrov.