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Sports Raonic wins, Shapovalov upset at Stuttgart Open

19:32  13 june  2018
19:32  13 june  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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STUTTGART , Germany — Milos Raonic made a winning return to the court while Denis Shapovalov was upset by a qualifier Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open . Raonic , the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., fired 15 aces and won 97 per cent of first service points in a 7-6 (8)

Milos Raonic made a winning return to the court while Denis Shapovalov was upset by a qualifier Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open . Federer tops Zverev to reach quarter-finals. The Canadian Press · June 13.

Milos Raonic hitting a ball with a racket in front of a crowd© Alastair Grant/AP

STUTTGART, Germany — Canada’s Milos Raonic has advanced to the second round of the Stuttgart Open while Denis Shapovalov was upset by Indian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran.

Raonic defeated Bosnia’s Mirza Basic in straight sets on Wednesday, firing 15 aces in the 7-6(8), 6-2 win. He’ll face Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on Thursday for a spot in the quarters.

Shapovalov fell 6-7(8), 6-2, 3-6 in his opening-round match to Gunneswaran, the 169th-ranked player in the world.

Elsewhere, Roger Federer rallied to beat home favourite Mischa Zverev 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday in his first match in nearly three months.

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STUTTGART , Germany — Milos Raonic made a winning return to the court while Denis Shapovalov was upset by a qualifier Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open . Raonic , the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., fired 15 aces and won 97 per cent of first service points in a 7-6 (8)

Milos Raonic made a winning return to the court while Denis Shapovalov was upset by a qualifier Wednesday at the Stuttgart Open . Raonic , the seventh seed from Thornhill, Ont., fired 15 aces and won 97 per cent of first service points in a 7-6 (8), 6-2 win over Mirza Basic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Swiss great converted four of his 10 break points to end a two-match losing streak and start his grass-court season with a win.

Federer hadn’t played since March, when he lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Juan Martin del Potro in Miami and Indian Wells, respectively. He skipped the entire clay-court season for the second year in a row.

Zverev had never won a set against Federer in their five previous meetings, but he took the first before the second-ranked Swiss upped his game and broke the German twice to force the decider.

Federer lost to another German, Tommy Haas, in his Stuttgart opener last year, but will now face Guido Pella or Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the quarterfinals.

Maximilian Marterer also won in the first round, while Denis Istomin defeated Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

Defending champion Lucas Pouille faced German wild-card entry Rudolf Molleker later Wednesday.

Roger Federer pushed hard, but advances to Gerry Weber semis .
Defending champion Roger Federer defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open on Friday in Halle, Germany. Federer was made to work hard by Ebden, who saved five of the eight break points he faced and was leading 5-3 in the second set. Federer, who saved two match points against Benoit Paire in the second round the day before, recovered to go 6-5 up and then broke Ebden to take his first match point for a meeting with American qualifier Denis Kudla. Kudla earlier defeated Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 7-5 to book his semifinal place.

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