Denis Shapovalov knocks off qualifier Martinez to advance at Italian Open

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the third round of the Italian Open.

The No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event.

Shapovalov will face the winner of a match between No. 7 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy and unseeded Ugo Humbert of France in the round of 16.

Shapovalov is coming off a run to the quarter-finals at the U.S. Open, the best showing by a Canadian male in the history of the New York Grand Slam.

WATCH | Shapovalov moves on at Italian Open:

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., defeated Spain’s Pedro Martinez Portero 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the ATP’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 3:53

No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., faces Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic later Thursday.

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