Ivashka Sets Tsitsipas Clash In Mallorca

  • Posted: Jun 20, 2022

Ivashka Sets Tsitsipas Clash In Mallorca

Bonzi advances to face Shapovalov at ATP 250 event

Ilya Ivashka surged to a comprehensive 6-4, 6-1 victory against Emil Ruusuvuori on Monday to book a second-round meeting with second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Mallorca Championships.

Ivashka’s first-round victory at the ATP 250 event in Spain came on a day when he rose to a career-high No. 40 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The 28-year-old celebrated with a clinical performance against Ruusuvuori, breaking the Finn’s serve four times in an 88-minute victory to extend his lead in the pair’s ATP Head2Head series to 5-0.

Tsitsipas and Ivashka’s two previous tour-level meetings have both come in 2022. The Greek claimed a straight-sets win on hard in Rotterdam in February and backed that up with a three-set triumph on the clay in Barcelona in April.

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Third seed Denis Shapovalov’s opening opponent in Mallorca was also set on Monday. Benjamin Bonzi advanced to the second round after Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo retired with the Frenchman leading 6-3, 4-2.

It will be a maiden tour-level meeting for Shapovalov and Bonzi at a tournament where both are appearing for the first time.

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