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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Marin Cilic begins Queen’s Club title defence with win

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Marin Cilic begins Queen’s Club title defence with win

MEDIA CREDITS: (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP) – marin-cilic

LONDON — Marin Cilic began defence of his title at the Queen’s Club grass-court event with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Christian Garin in the first round on Monday.

Cilic, a Wimbledon finalist in 2017, raced through the first set in just 20 minutes before encountering more resistance from his Chilean opponent.

Cilic is the fifth seed at the main warm-up tournament for Wimbledon, which begins July 1.

Kevin Andersen, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final, was given a tough test by Britain’s Cameron Norrie before winning 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Also advancing to the second round was fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who dispatched Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 10 minutes.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:27:33 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Felix Auger-Aliassime comes up short in Stuttgart final

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Felix Auger-Aliassime comes up short in Stuttgart final

MEDIA CREDITS: Silas Stein/dpa via AP – Felix-Auger-Aliassime

STUTTGART, Germany — Montreal teen Felix Auger-Aliassime is still looking for his first ATP Tour title after a 6-4, 7-6 (11) loss to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Mercedes Cup on Sunday.

Auger-Aliassime had his chances in the marathon second-set tiebreaker, but Berrettini fended off five set points before toughing out the win.

It was Auger-Aliassime’s first tournament since returning a left abductor problem forced him to miss the French Open.

It was also the first ATP tournament on grass for Auger-Aliassime, who was seeded seventh in Stuttgart. The 21st-ranked rising star previously reached championship matches in Rio de Janeiro in February and the Lyon Open in May — both on clay.

Auger-Aliassime skipped last year’s ATP grass season to play in Challenger Tour events on clay.

Berrettini won all 50 of his service games during the week in Stuttgart. He did not face a break point against Auger-Aliassime.

The Italian won his third ATP title and his first on grass.

Auger-Aliassime progressed to the final when Milos Raonic on Thornhill, Ont., withdrew ahead of their semifinal due to back problems.

Also Sunday, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and India’s Rohan Bopanna were defeated 7-5, 6-3 in the men’s doubles final by Australia’s John Peers and Bruno Soares of Brazil.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:17:38 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Montreal’s Auger-Aliassime beats Simon at Stuttgart Open

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Montreal’s Auger-Aliassime beats Simon at Stuttgart Open

MEDIA CREDITS: Lynne Sladky/AP/CP – Felix-Auger-Aliassime

STUTTGART, Germany — Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated France’s Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday in the Round of 16 at the Mercedes Open in Stuttgart, Germany.

Auger-Aliassime relied heavily on his serve, firing 15 aces to Simon’s three on the grass court.

It was the first time Auger-Aliassime and Simon had ever played each other.

The 18-year-old Canadian will take on Germany’s Dustin Brown in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Brown, a qualifier for the tournament, upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 earlier Thursday.

Brown was playing just his second tour-level match of the year but hit a number of spectacular winners to beat the fifth-ranked Zverev and record his first win against a top-10 opponent since 2017.

Earlier Thursday, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and India’s Rohan Bopanna defeated France’s Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, in men’s doubles action.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the ATP Tour event’s quarterfinal on Friday.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:46:17 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Brown upsets top-seeded Zverev at Stuttgart Open

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Brown upsets top-seeded Zverev at Stuttgart Open

MEDIA CREDITS: Ng Han Guan/AP – Tennis-ATP-Brown-hits-return-shot-at-Australian-Open

STUTTGART, Germany — German qualifier Dustin Brown upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open.

Brown was playing just his second tour-level match of the year but hit a number of spectacular winners to beat the fifth-ranked Zverev and record his first win against a top-10 opponent since 2017.

The 170th-ranked Brown, who is best known for beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2015, next plays Gilles Simon or Felix Auger-Aliassime at the grass-court tournament.

Matteo Berrettini caused another upset earlier Thursday, defeating second-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2.

The Italian next faces American player Denis Kudla, who advanced with a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) win over Gael Monfils.

The Stuttgart Open made the switch from clay to grass in 2015.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:32:18 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Canada’s Milos Raonic advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Canada’s Milos Raonic advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

MEDIA CREDITS: Joel Auerbach/AP – Milos-Raonic

STUTTGART, Germany — Canada’s Milos Raonic is off to the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open.

The No. 6 seed from Thornhill, Ont., edged Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) in second-round action of the ATP Tour 250 grass-court event on Wednesday.

It was the second third-set tiebreak win in a row for Raonic, who beat Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin in the first round.

The hard-hitting Raonic out-aced the 79th-ranked Tsonga 24-15. The Canadian saved all four of Tsonga’s four break-point chances.

Raonic, the runner-up in Stuttgart last year, will face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in the quarterfinals.

The 52nd-ranked Fucsovics upset No. 4 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday.

Raonic is playing for the first time since suffering a right knee injury in late March.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No. 7 seed, will meet France’s Gilles Simon in a second-round match on Thursday.

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:30:51 EDT

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SPORTSNET TENNIS: Murray ‘pretty much pain-free,’ hopes to play singles again

SPORTSNET TENNIS: Murray ‘pretty much pain-free,’ hopes to play singles again

MEDIA CREDITS: Andrew Harnik/AP – Andy-Murray

LONDON — Andy Murray says he is playing tennis "pretty much pain-free" and is hoping to compete in singles "at some stage this year."

The three-time Grand Slam champion says he doesn’t want to put a time frame on when his return to singles would be.

Murray says he is "quite happy just now so I don’t need to play singles after Wimbledon or at the U.S. Open. If I can, that would be brilliant, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case. I think it’s going to take a bit longer."

Murray underwent hip surgery in January, soon after a tearful news conference at the Australian Open when he said the tournament could be his last after almost two years of injury problems.

The British player is competing in the doubles with Feliciano Lopez at the Queen’s Club grass-court event next week. He then plans to play doubles at Wimbledon.

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:32:27 EDT

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