Canada’s Milos Raonic beat American qualifier J.J. Wolf 7-6 (5), 6-1 in first-round play on the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday in Russia.
The sixth-seeded Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., skipped the lately concluded French Open, which is performed on clay — historically the weakest floor for the Canadian.
The St. Petersburg Open, an ATP Tour 500 occasion, is performed on onerous courts.
The hard-serving Raonic had 21 aces, while his 123rd-ranked opponent had none. Raonic saved all 5 break factors he confronted.
Raonic, ranked twenty first on this planet, will face world No. 52 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan within the second spherical.
Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil was scheduled to face No. 3 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia in a first-round match later Tuesday.
Second-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will meet Viktor Troicki of Serbia in a first-round match on Wednesday.