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Cilic Fends Off Bublik, Advances to Ninth Queen's Club QF

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2022

Cilic Fends Off Bublik, Advances to Ninth Queen’s Club QF

Ruusuvuori downs #NextGenATP Briton Draper

Two-time Queen’s Club champion Marin Cilic advanced to his ninth quarter-final at the Cinch Championships with an entertaining 7-6(6), 7-5 victory against Alexander Bublik on Wednesday.

Seventh seed Cilic battled back from an 0/5 hole in the opening-set tie-break by turning the tables to win the final five points, saving three set points from 3/6 in the process. He pressed home his advantage by taking a 3-0 lead in set two before Bublik got himself back in the match with his unique brand of shotmaking, complete with a bevy of underarm serves.

“The most important thing against Alexander is to keep focus,” Cilic said post-match. “You never know what’s coming. He made it a little bit crazy in the second set and out of nowhere started to do these underarm serves and slices and drop shots, just breaking up the rhythm. He broke me there, so it was not comfortable to play [at the] end of the second set.”

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Bublik used two underarm serves to escape 0/30 at 0-3 and later broke Cilic to love to get back on serve. But the Croatian stuck to the task and clinched the match with his second break to avoid another tie-break and a possible third set.

“It’s unconventional tennis that he plays, and he’s quite good at it,” Cilic said of his opponent. “Great serve and then backs it up with some of those things. Never easy, especially on a grass court, the ball stays low. Most importantly, I kept my focus and I served well at the end of the second set, and that was the key.”

Cilic improves to 34-11 at The Queen’s Club, where he won the title in 2012 and 2018 and reached the final in 2013 and 2017.

Emil Ruusuvuori awaits in the quarter-finals after the Finnish qualifier defeated #NextGenATP Briton Jack Draper, 6-2, 7-6(2) earlier on Wednesday. Draper made headlines in his home nation with a first-round win over fourth seed Taylor Fritz but could not find an answer against the smooth game of Ruusuvuori. 

The 23-year-old saved the only break point he faced in the match while converting on seven of his nine chances.

Currently at a career-high of No. 56 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Ruusuvuori’s London quarter-final run has moved him up nine places to No. 47 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

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Auger-Aliassime Advances To Face Hurkacz In Halle QFs

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2022

Auger-Aliassime Advances To Face Hurkacz In Halle QFs

Hurkacz Eliminates Defending Champ Humbert

Felix Auger-Aliassime has defeated two former NCAA champions from UCLA in as many days, following up his first-round win over Marcos Giron with a 7-6(7), 6-1 victory over Mackenzie McDonald on Wednesday at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle.

The Canadian saved a set point at 6/7 in the opening tie-break with a stinging return and won the next two points to pocket the set. McDonald brushed off that frustration to hold in the opening game of set two, but Auger-Aliassime dominated from there, winning 16 of the next 17 points to take command of the match.

“It was a very positive performance from my part,” said the Canadian. “The first set was a good example of a typical grass-court match, both players really serving well and holding their serve. I think it’s the kind of set where it’s just frustrating for both, to lose it. We both had really good chances to win that one.”

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Auger-Aliassime also took the opening set against Giron on Tuesday, but dropped his focus briefly in the second and was forced to win a decider. He had no such trouble closing out the match against McDonald, as he won the last six games in a row.

“The level that I played in the second set, I felt like even if I didn’t win the first I would have gotten myself some chances,” he said. “But as soon as I got the first break in the second set, I started playing better and better.”

Hubert Hurkacz awaits in the quarter-finals after the Pole’s 7-6(5), 6-3 win over defending Halle champion Ugo Humbert earlier on Wednesday.

“Hubi is a good friend of mine. A great grass-court player, a great player overall,” Auger-Aliassime previewed. “A semi-finalist at Wimbeldon last year, he’s shown why he can be a top player on this surface. It’s going to be a tough one. We played in the first round [in Halle] last year and it went my way, but he was looking good today.”

Fifth seed Hurkacz has moved into the Top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings with his progress this week, up from No. 12. He will be seeking his first win in his third ATP Head2Head meeting with Auger-Aliassime on Friday.

Hurkacz defeated American Maxime Cressy in the Halle opening round to notch his first grass-court win of the season before his win against Humbert. He fell to Marton Fucsovics in the Stuttgart opening round last week.

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Ram/Salisbury Extend Perfect Record Against Murray/Soares

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2022

Ram/Salisbury Extend Perfect Record Against Murray/Soares

Puetz/Venus, Dodig/Krajicek advance in Halle

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury have met Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares on some of the game’s biggest stages. Their three previous meetings, all victories for Ram/Salisbury, came in 2021 at the Australian Open, US Open and Nitto ATP Finals.

The American-British pairing improved to 4-0 in the matchup on Wednesday with a 7-6(2), 7-6(3) victory at the Cinch Championships. The teams traded opening-set breaks at The Queen’s Club in London before Ram/Salisbury dominated the first tie-break. After the pair saved a set point to hold for 5-5 in the second, they closed out the match with another strong performance in the tie-break, winning the final three points, including two on return.

The victory marked a milestone for doubles World No. 1 Salisbury, who picked up his 150th match win.

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Ram and Salisbury advance to the quarter-finals, where they will face Tuesday winners Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Second-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory against the British pairing of Ken Skupski and Jonny O’Mara on Wednesday, booking their place in the quarter-finals. Denis Shapovalov and Rohan Bopanna are through to the semis after defeating Colombians Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal, 6-3, 6-4.

Seeds Advance In Halle
Third seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus joined fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in the semi-finals at the Terra Wortmann Open. Puetz/Venus defeated Matwe Middelkoop and Simone Bolelli, 7-6(3), 6-4, in the lone match of the day that did not require a Match Tie-break in Halle.

Dodig and Krajicek were 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 winners over Aussies Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell, the 2022 Australian Open finalists. Each team broke once in the match before the Croatian-American duo took the Match Tie-break.

In an all-German encounter, two-time Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies edged Oscare Otte and Daniel Altmaier, 6-7(8), 6-3, 10-8.

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Kyrgios Trumps Tsitsipas In Halle Thriller

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2022

Kyrgios Trumps Tsitsipas In Halle Thriller

Australian extends ATP Head2Head series lead over World No. 6 to 3-1

Nick Kyrgios is finding his range on the grass at the Terra Wortmann Open.

The Australian battled back from first-set disappointment to oust second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory at the ATP 500 event in Halle on Wednesday afternoon.

After a strong second-set showing to level the match, the World No. 65 clinched a crucial break late in the deciding set to seal a quarter-final spot on tournament debut. The Australian struck 32 winners (including 9 aces), fewer than Tsitsipas’ 39 winners (including 18 aces), but stayed resolute to clinch victory in the two-hour, five-minute encounter and complete his biggest win by Pepperstone ATP Ranking since he defeated the same opponent at the 2020 ATP Cup.

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“Stef is one of the best players in the world at the moment and he’s going to have some amazing results and I’m sure many, many Grand Slams,” said Kyrgios after the match. “I don’t know if I can say the same for me, but I’m happy to still be able to produce this level with the tournaments I play. It is a testament to how hard I do work when I’m not playing.

“I’m just super excited to move on as well, I want to keep having these big wins on the best courts in the world.”

The win lifts Kyrgios to No. 52 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. With one more victory in Halle, he will be projected to return to the world’s Top 50 for the first time since March 2021.


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Kyrgios followed his semi-final run in Stuttgart last week with an impressive opening-round win against home favourite Daniel Altmaier in Halle. He continued to look sharp on the grass against Tsitsipas on Wednesday, but only after the Greek had prevailed in a high-quality first set to test Kyrgios’ resolve.

A tight start saw just five points won against serve in the first nine games, before Tsitsipas raised his level to exert some pressure on the Kyrgios delivery. The Greek let slip two break points as Kyrgios rallied to level at 5-5, but Tsitsipas’ perseverance paid off in the 12th game as he converted his sixth set point to move ahead.

Kyrgios bounced back immediately from falling behind, frequently showcasing his unique shotmaking ability. A couple of rasping flat forehands had the crowd on its feet as Kyrgios broke twice to send an intriguing battle into a deciding set.

Both players continued to strike the ball cleanly as neither Tsitsipas in the fifth game nor Kyrgios in the sixth bowed to the pressure when faced with two break points. It was Kyrgios who capitalised on a lapse in the Tsitsipas game, however, his ability to find winners from anywhere all court helping him to a crucial break for 5-4 before he served out to love.

Kyrgios next faces Pablo Carreno Busta, after he defeated Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 earlier on Wednesday.

“I’m excited,” said Kyrgios when asked about facing the No. 19-ranked Spaniard. “He’s a hell of a player and he can play on all surfaces. So I’m going to try and see what I can do, bump a couple of returns and serve big, and see how it goes.”

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Davidovich Fokina Slides Past De Minaur At Queen's Club

  • Posted: Jun 15, 2022

Davidovich Fokina Slides Past De Minaur At Queen’s Club

Spaniard to play Dutchman van de Zandschulp

Five years ago, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina won the Wimbledon Boys’ Singles title. Although the Spaniard arrived at The Queen’s Club this week with a 1-3 tour-level record on grass, he has shown this week he is plenty capable on the surface.

Davidovich Fokina battled past Australian Alex de Minaur 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after two hours and 16 minutes to reach the quarter-finals at the Cinch Championships.

“When you play the first match, it’s always tough, because the grass is slippery and you have to be physically so strong,” Davidovich Fokina said in his on-court interview. “When you are winning matches, you have more confidence with yourself and this match against Alex brought me a lot more.”

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The 23-year-old thrilled the London crowd with his entertaining tennis. “Foki” slipped and slid here and there, but crucially was locked in on break points — both for and against him — and that made the difference. Davidovich Fokina saved eight of the 10 break points he faced and converted all three he earned to secure his second win of the week.

“To play on grass, you have to be focussed on every point because it can escape, the games, so quickly. And Alex is a very good player here on grass,” Davidovich Fokina said. “I had to be [focussed] every point, because I knew I had my chances. I’m so happy for the win.”

Davidovich Fokina will next play Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, who defeated former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5), 6-3. Like the Spaniard, van de Zandschulp began the tournament with one tour-level victory on grass. Now he has three, having also eliminated Briton Paul Jubb in the first round.

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