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Finch makes it rain sixes to lead Australia to victory over Sri Lanka in Ponting-esque showing

ABC Sport - 3 hours 57 min ago

There had been a feeling Aaron Finch was building towards a dominant performance with the bat at the Cricket World Cup, and against Sri Lanka the Australian skipper delivered in spades, writes Geoff Lemon.

Lopez/Murray Draw Top Seeds Cabal/Farah At Queen's Club

ATP news - 6 hours 37 min ago

Andy Murray was handed the toughest of challenges on his return to ATP Tour action, alongside Feliciano Lopez, in the Fever-Tree Championships doubles draw on Saturday.

Competing for the first time since undergoing right hip surgery on 28 January, Murray and Lopez will face top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in one of many blockbuster first-round clashes at the Queen's Club.

View Queen's Club Doubles Draw

Joining Murray and Lopez in the top quarter of the draw are #NextGenATP talents Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur, who face Daniel Evans and Ken Skupski. Juan Martin del Potro is also featuring in the doubles draw, partnering fellow Argentine Horacio Zeballos against defending champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the first round. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, who made their tour-level team debut at the Libema Open, open against Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares will meet Lucas Pouille and Stan Wawrinka. Five-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, bidding to lift the trophy for the first time since 2013, face wild cards Luke Bambridge and Jonny O'Mara. The winner of that match will meet defending singles champion Marin Cilic and partner Ivan Dodig or the winning team from the doubles qualifying draw in the second round.

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Kubot/Melo Bid For Third Straight Title In Halle
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo will open their campaign for a third straight NOVENTI OPEN title against Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop. The two-time defending champions are joined in the top half of the draw by Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies and two-time finalists Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev. Kubot and Melo have defeated the Zverev brothers in the past two championship matches in Halle.

Second seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus are aiming to end a 16-month title drought, dating back to last year's Open 13 Provence. The pair has reached two ATP Tour championship matches this season, with runner-up finishes at the ASB Classic and Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Third seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor will be hoping to add to their title collection, after lifting their first trophy as a team at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April.

Cilic Joined By Modric & More Croatian Stars At Successful Charity Event

ATP news - 7 hours 12 min ago

Game, set and match, Croatian children. The Marin Cilic Foundation hosted ‘Game, Set, Croatia’ on 12 June, bringing together 30 of Croatia’s most celebrated athletes for a charity tournament at Zagreb’s Šalata Sports Complex — the birthplace of Croatian tennis — to raise funds to build a multi-functional sports playground for children from Tordinci Elementary School, who currently have neither an indoor gymnasium nor an outdoor playground.

“The idea came about last summer while I was training on Korčula. Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić were there and we joked how we were missing a fourth player for a doubles match. I posted a photo on Instagram and invited Dejan Lovren and Šime Vrsaljko to join us,” Cilic said. “A flood of messages came from athletes and that is how the story began.”

Footballer Mario Mandžukic and his doubles partner, 14-year-old Croatian junior player Patrik Jurina, beat Čilić and footballer Luka Modrić in the final, which was live streamed by a Croatian national television network. But for all of the tennis stars and other Croatian athletes in attendance competing, it was about raising money to support the children.

“We want to give our kids in Croatia a chance to experience the joys of sport,” Cilic said. “The project ‘Game, Set, Croatia’, which I hope will be held every year, will help build sports courts in the most crucial regions.” 

Photo Credit: envy croatia/Julien Duval/Marko Vukas/Mihael Kukavcic
Cilic has long enjoyed philanthropical work, and he was honoured with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2016.

"This one [wasn’t for tennis] but I feel it’s the most prestigious one. It’s the one I’m going to value the most,” Cilic said at the time. “It’s something that we all love to do… to give back to the community, especially to children.”

Through education, sport and encouragement programs, the Marin Čilić Foundation seeks to provide children and youth with the space and financial support to explore their passions and turn their dreams into reality.

Croatian Athletes In Attendance
Soccer: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Mario Mandžukić, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rebić, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Klasnić
Rowers: Valent and Martin Sinković
Tennis: Ivan Dodig, Mate Pavic, Franko Skugor, Nikola Mektis, Ivan Ljubicic, Mario Ancic, Lovro Zovko, Mate Delic, Ana Konjuh, Iva Majoli, Tena Lukas, Jelena Kostanic Tošic
Basketball: Bojan Bogdanović and Dario Šarićand
Sara Kolak (javelin), Dina Levačić (swimming) Tin Srbić (gymnastics) Marijo Možnik (gymansitcs) Lovre Miloš (waterpolo)

Thompson Serving For First ATP Tour Final, Play Suspended In 's-Hertogenbosch

ATP news - 8 hours 51 min ago

Both Libema Open semi-finals were on the verge of completion Saturday evening, but rain pushed them back to Sunday.

Aussie Jordan Thompson was serving for a spot in his first ATP Tour final with a 7-5, 5-3 30/40 lead against defending champion Richard Gasquet when play was suspended in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Thompson, who eliminated third seed Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals, had never made a tour-level semi-final before this event. But he is just three points from defeating the former World No. 7. Thompson has struck 11 aces and earned 13 break points against the French veteran, converting three of those opportunities. The World No. 62 has broken serve 16 times this week.

The other semi-final between second seed Borna Coric and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino was suspended during a final-set tie-break, with Mannarino leading 3/2. Coric won the first set 6-4 before Mannarino took the second 6-3.

Coric saved one match point en route to a final-set tie-break victory in the quarter-finals against Cristian Garin, and he has saved two match points on his own serve against the Frenchman.

Mannarino increasingly frustrated Coric in baseline rallies, earning two match points at 5-3 in the decider with the Croat serving. But Coric played aggressively to fend off those chances, breaking in the next game.

If Mannarino and Thompson both advance to the championship match, that would guarantee that there will be a first-time ATP Tour champion in 's-Hertogenbosch. Mannarino is 0-6 in tour-level finals.

Did You Know?
If Thompson finishes off Gasquet, he will be projected to crack the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday.

Krajicek/Inglot Lift 's-Hertogenbosch Trophy

ATP news - 10 hours 5 min ago

Austin Krajicek and Dominic Inglot claimed their first team trophy on Saturday at the Libema Open, beating Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.

"I was really happy with the win today," said Inglot. "The last month or so has been a difficult time for me, I haven't had a lot of wins, but this was a first tournament playing with Austin and I thought this tournament we really gelled well."

Competing for the first time as a team this week, Krajicek and Inglot won 74 per cent of first-serve points (31/42) and saved four of six break points to edge Daniell and Koolhof in 85 minutes. Inglot and Krajicek also needed a Match Tie-break in their 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 second-round victory against top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

"It was a big help to get an early break before the rain in the first set but then all the rain delays made it very tricky to get that momentum and keep going... In the second set, those guys really upped their level and it just came down to a [Match] Tie-break and who put a few extra returns in court," said Inglot.

"In that [Match Tie-break] we managed to just be a little bit more consistent and step up a little bit more when we needed to. I think we are both really happy and that will give us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the grass-court season with Halle and Wimbledon coming up."

Inglot has now won 12 doubles crowns from 22 tour-level championship matches. It is Krajicek's second tour-level title, following his maiden triumph alongside Rajeev Ram at the VTB Kremlin Cup last year.

”It was great to get a win today,” said Krajicek. “Obviously, starting with a new partner, it is really good to start off that way. I think we did a lot of things well this week that we can build off of, but it feels really good to be back on the grass.”

Daniel and Koolhof were bidding to pick up their second team title of the season. The unseeded pairing, which defeated second seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the second round, earned its first team trophy at the Brisbane International in January.

Krajicek and Inglot gain 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €35,960 in prize money. Daniell and Koolhof earn 150 points and share €18,430.

Bopanna/Shapovalov Pass Aussie Test

Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov advanced to their first ATP Tour doubles final as a team at the MercedesCup. The unseeded duo, which defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the first round, needed just 48 minutes to move past Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid 6-3, 6-4.

Bopanna and Shapovalov entered the event with a 3-2 team record, having competed together at the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open presented by Itau in March. The Indian-Canadian tandem will meet top seeds John Peers and Bruno Soares in the championship match.

Del Potro To Face Shapovalov Test At Queen's Club

ATP news - 11 hours 13 min ago

You won't have to wait long for the first blockbuster match at the Fever-Tree Championships this year.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro will face #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his opening match of the 2019 grass-court season. The World No. 12 , making his fifth appearance at the Queen's Club (5-4), will be aiming to take the lead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Shapovalov for the first time. The Canadian upset Del Potro in their first meeting at the 2017 Coupe Rogers, en route to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, before Del Potro levelled the series at the 2018 ASB Classic.

Del Potro and Shapovalov share the second quarter of the draw with sixth seed Milos Raonic and 2017 winner Feliciano Lopez. Raonic opens against Marco Cecchinato, while Lopez will meet Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

View Queen's Club Draw

Headlining the top half of the draw with Del Potro is top seed and World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. The #NextGenATP Greek will meet British No. 1 Kyle Edmund for a spot in the second round. Tsitsipas will be aiming to regain sole ownership of the lead for most wins on the ATP Tour this week, a mark he currently shares with 12-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal. They both own 32 victories this season.

In Tsitsipas' quarter, #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, seeded eighth, faces a tough opening test against 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov. Auger-Aliassime will arrive in London with confidence, after reaching his third ATP Tour championship match of the season at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. Nick Kyrgios and Jeremy Chardy also feature in the top quarter of the draw. 

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Kevin Anderson will end his three-month absence from the ATP Tour, due to a right elbow injury, against British No. 2 Cameron Norrie. The South African, who last competed at the Miami Open presented by Itau in March, owns an 8-2 record from his opening three tour-level events of the season. The World No. 8 opened his 2019 campaign by lifting his sixth ATP Tour trophy at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune (d. Karlovic).

Another seeded player facing British opposition in his first match is Stan Wawrinka. The 2014 semi-finalist (l. to Dimitrov) will face Daniel Evans in the first round of an ATP Tour event for the second time this year. At the BNP Paribas Open in March, Wawrinka recovered from a set down to overcome Evans 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev and defending champion Marin Cilic both feature in the third quarter. Medvedev opens against 2011 quarter-finalist Fernando Verdasco and Cilic will meet two-time ATP Tour titlist Cristian Garin. Last year, Cilic saved one championship point to defeat Novak Djokovic in the final.

The doubles draw marks the return of five-time singles champion Andy Murray. The former singles World No. 1 is not immune to the theme of British players facing seeded opposition, as he and partner Feliciano Lopez open against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Murray has not appeared on the ATP Tour since the Australian Open in January, after undergoing right hip surgery on 28 January.

Federer Trying To Set Personal Record In Halle

ATP news - 12 hours 44 min ago

Roger Federer can make personal history next week at the NOVENTI OPEN. The nine-time titlist in Halle can lift his 10th trophy at an ATP Tour event for the first time.

Federer has triumphed nine times at both the NOVENTI OPEN and the Swiss Indoors Basel, which is his home event. Last year, the Swiss superstar was just one set from accomplishing the feat in Halle, but he fell in the final against Borna Coric.

Federer's Most Titles By Tournament

 Tournament  Titles  NOVENTI OPEN  9  Swiss Indoors Basel  9  Wimbledon  8  Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships  8  Western & Southern Open  7

The 37-year-old owns a 63-7 record in Halle, and the last time he did not reach the semi-finals was 2001. This will be his 15th appearance since then. In the 16 times he has competed on the Halle grass, Federer has always advanced to at least the quarter-finals.

Six of the seven players Federer has lost to at this ATP 250 event have cracked the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings in their careers. 

Roger On Grass
Federer owns the best tour-level grass-court record in the Open Era, having won 87.1 per cent of his matches on the surface (176-26). He has claimed 18 titles on grass, which is eight more than Pete Sampras, the second player on the list. View FedEx ATP Performance Zone

Did You Know?
Nobody other than Federer who competed in the 2000 Halle draw, which was the Swiss star's first appearance, remains active. Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic lost in the second round to eventual champion David Prinosil.

Federer Handed Tough Path In Quest For 10th Halle Trophy

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 11:56pm

Roger Federer will have the chance to gain revenge in his opening match at next week's NOVENTI OPEN in Halle.

The nine-time champion's campaign for a 10th title at the ATP 500 event will begin against John Millman, the man who ended his 2018 US Open campaign with a gruelling four-set victory under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Federer will be looking to add to his 63-7 record at the grass-court tournament, following an impressive run to the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Nadal). The World No. 3 is aiming to lift his first title in Halle since 2017, after losing to Borna Coric in three sets in last year’s championship match.

View Halle Draw

If Federer overcomes Millman for the second time in three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, his path to the trophy does not get any easier. The 37-year-old would meet former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or in-form Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round.

Tsonga has defeated Federer in six of their previous 17 FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters, which includes a five-set comeback victory in their only previous clash on grass at Wimbledon in 2011. Paire also arrives in Halle in good form, after winning two ATP Tour titles on clay this year in Marrakech (d. Andujar) and Lyon (d. Auger-Aliassime).

Federer shares the top quarter of the draw with seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut and former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet. Bautista Agut has reached the quarter-finals or better in both of his previous two appearances in Halle, while Gasquet owns three ATP Tour trophies on grass, including last year's Libema Open title (d. Chardy).

There will be no repeat of last year's final after defending champion Coric landed in the same half as Federer. The World No. 14 dropped only one set en route to the title last year, which included victories against Federer and second seed Alexander Zverev. Coric opens against Jaume Munar of Spain and headlines the second quarter of the draw alongside fifth seed Gael Monfils.

Second seed Alexander Zverev will meet Robin Haase in his opening match. The two-time runner-up (2016, 2017) will be hoping to earn his first win on grass this year after falling in his opening match at the MercedesCup to Dustin Brown in three sets. Zverev is joined in the bottom quarter by eighth seed Guido Pella, David Goffin and 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The third quarter of the draw sees third seed Karen Khachanov and sixth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili open against players who have enjoyed success on grass. Khachanov will meet last year's Turkish Airlines Open Antalya winner Damir Dzumhur, while Basilashvili will face MercedesCup finalist Matteo Berrettini.

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Berrettini To Play Felix In Stuttgart Final

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 11:44pm

Matteo Berrettini had never reached an ATP Tour semi-final on grass before this week’s MercedesCup, but you’d never know it by his play.

The No. 2 Italian defeated home favourite Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach his third championship match of the season and his first-ever on this surface. Berrettini has held all 39 of his service games this week. And although he faced his first two break points of the ATP 250 tournament, he was not phased.

“This week I’m playing really well. I’m feeling really comfortable on the court,” Berrettini said. “Since last year I think I’ve improved a lot on grass. Last year I didn’t like it so much. That was the key.”

Berrettini will play #NextGenATP Canadian sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime for the title after former World No. 3 Milos Raonic withdrew before their semi-final due to a lower back injury. In their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, Berrettini will try to lift his third ATP Tour trophy and Auger-Aliassime will attempt to capture his first in his third final of the year.

“He’s a great player. He’s in his third final this year and for sure he’s playing really well,” Berrettini said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen. I never played him, I just practised once [with him] here for the first time. I think it’s going to be a great game and I’ll try to do my best.”

Berrettini faced a tough test in Struff, who was fresh off a run to the fourth round at Roland Garros. The German has also earned three of his five Top 10 wins this year. But the Italian won all but four of his first-serve points (33/37) to set the tone, breaking once per set to secure his triumph after one hour and 14 minutes.

Berrettini also reached the final in Munich on clay earlier this year, and he will try to lift his first trophy in Germany on Sunday.

“I like Germany. This is my second final here this year,” Berrettini said. “The crowd was for sure helping [Struff], but it was helping me also. I really enjoyed it.”

Auger-Aliassime will try to win his first ATP Tour title when he faces the Italian, having fallen just short in the Rio de Janeiro and the Lyon finals.

"It’s just tough to see Milos having to withdraw. He’s one of the best guys on Tour. He’s always been great to me since I first arrived on Tour when I was a junior," Auger-Aliassime said on court. "It’s tough to see him go out that way but at the same time it is what it is and I have to try and get ready for tomorrow’s final as best as I can.

"It’s been an unbelievable week for me. I’ve been playing good tennis. I got through on the edge yesterday and to be in another final, it’s unbelievable. So I think I’ll try to enjoy it and give everything also because it’s obviously my third final this year, so I’ll try to give it my all to maybe get my first title."

Raonic was disappointed to not be able to compete, and he apologised to the crowd on court.

"I’m very sorry and apologetic that I’m unable to compete today. I was hoping for the best after my match yesterday," Raonic said. "I woke up this morning not feeling my best. I wanted to come out here and give it a try. And after looking at it very diligently with my team, and the way I was feeling with my back, I found it was not possible for me to compete without taking any greater risk."  

Did You Know?
This is Auger-Aliassime's first professional grass-court tournament, and when he reached the semi-finals he became the youngest player to reach the last four at tour-level on three or more surfaces in a season since 1999 when Lleyton Hewitt did it.

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Australia goes top of the World Cup table with 87-run win over Sri Lanka

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 6:11pm

Aaron Finch belted 153 runs to help Australia to a 87-run victory over Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup match at The Oval.

Eels hand Broncos a lesson, Storm and Panthers get points

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 2:32pm

The Eels make a mess of the Broncos in Parramatta after the Storm ran roughshod over the Knights and the Panthers won a close one against the Rabbitohs.

Live: The Broncos go on the road to face the Eels

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 2:32pm

The Eels host the Broncos after the Storm run roughshod over the Knights and the Panthers won a close one against the Rabbitohs. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

Dogs down Blues, Suns burnt by Saints, Freo beats Power

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 1:04pm

The Bulldogs keep their composure to beat the Blues at Docklands after the Saints beat the Suns in Townsville and the Dockers have a win over the Power in Perth.

Live: Blues face Bulldogs looking for back-to-back wins

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 1:04pm

The Blues finish up Saturday AFL with a clash against the Bulldogs after the Saints beat the Suns in Townsville and the Dockers have a win over the Power in Perth. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

Hawks captain sent to tribunal over pinching and stomping during match

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 9:37am

Ben Stratton's provocative defending tactics see the Hawthorn skipper sent straight to the tribunal and facing an extended stint on the sidelines.

'Hendra risk is high': Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate

ABC Sport - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 8:17am

Following the recent Hendra virus outbreak, an equine vet is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the deadly bat-borne disease.

Coric Saves 1 M.P. To Reach 's-Hertogenbosch Semi-finals

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 7:05am

Borna Coric lived to fight another day on Friday when he saved one match point to edge into the Libema Open semi-finals. The second-seeded Croatian recovered from 2-5 down in the third set to knock out seventh seed Cristian Garin of Chile 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(6) in two hours and 30 minutes.

Coric fought back and saved one match point with his 16th ace of the match at 5/6 in the deciding-set tie-break to set up a clash against Adrian Mannarino of France.

“It was obviously a very, very tough match as I was 2-5 down in the third set, a double break,” Coric told ATPTour.com. “I was packing my bag on the changeover, but then I maybe relaxed and played a little bit better. I turned the match around somehow. I’m not too tired and now I have 20 hours to recover.”

Almost 12 months ago, Coric lifted his second ATP Tour trophy with victory over Roger Federer in the Noventi Open final in Halle. The 22-year-old reached the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals in February and is now 19-10 in 2019.

View ‘s-Hertogenbosch Singles & Doubles Draws

The 23-year-old Garin was unable to convert two break points on Coric’s serve at 5-5, 15/40, but won six of the first seven points in the tie-break and eventually closed out on his fourth set point. Two groundstroke errors from Garin saw Coric break twice — at 3-3 and 3-5 — in the second set, before the World No. 32 bounced back to lead 5-2 in the decider. Coric then won 16 of the next 21 points to lead 6-5.

In a little more than four months, Garin has risen from No. 95 in the ATP Rankings on 4 February to a career-high No. 32. He has compiled a 22-9 match record in 2019, including two ATP Tour titles at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship (d. Ruud) and at the BMW Open by FWU (d. Berrettini). He also reached the Brasil Open final in Sao Paulo (l. to Pella).

Mannarino recorded his first win over fifth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the pair’s fifth meeting, which lasted two hours and 26 minutes. Goffin, who won the first four games of the match, was unable to convert one break point at 5-5 in the second set.

Elsewhere, Jordan Thompson advanced to his first ATP Tour semi-final with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over fellow Australian Alex de Minaur, the third seed, in just under two hours. De Minaur had recorded wins over Thompson in the first two weeks of the season at the Brisbane International and at the Sydney International.

Having gone 1-11 at tour-level in 2018, the 25-year-old is already 18-11 on the season with his third Top 30 victory of 2019, which includes wins over Karen Khachanov and Grigor Dimitrov at the Miami Open presented by Itau in March.

Defending champion Richard Gasquet needed to play two matches on Friday. The eighth seed first beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in 84 minutes, starting with a 6-4, 1-2 lead carried over from Thursday night. The Frenchman then returned six hours later to knock out Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-6(8), 6-4 for a place in the semi-finals. He saved three set points at 5/6, 6/7 and 7/8 in the first set tie-break.

Raonic Ousts Fucsovics, Struff Beats Pouille In Stuttgart

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 3:04am

Former World No. 3 Milos Raonic missed the entire clay-court season due to a right knee injury. But the Canadian has shown no rust at the MercedesCup.

The sixth seed beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes on Friday to reach his second tour-level semi-final of the season in his first tournament since the Miami Open presented by Itau in March. The Canadian won all but four of his first-serve points to set a meeting in the last four against his #NextGenATP countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime, who defeated German qualifier Dustin Brown.

"I got a little bit lucky to start off well and luckily my serve was there for me after that. It's good for me to be playing on grass and to be back here with good memories from last year," said Raonic, who reached the 2018 final in Stuttgart. "It's the grass. It helps me out a lot. I've played really well on it the past four or five years and it's a part of the season that I really look forward to and I'm fortunate to be able to have another chance to play again tomorrow."

Raonic's only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Fucsovics also came in Stuttgart last year. The 28-year-old, who is pursuing his first ATP Tour title of the year, has won all four of their sets by a margin of 6-4 or greater.

In this battle, the 2016 Wimbledon finalist struck 12 aces and saved the only break point he faced. Fucsovics worked hard to stay in contact with the Canadian, but the Hungarian was only able to win 41 per cent of his second-serve points, which proved costly.

Raonic won his only previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting at last year's BNP Paribas Open. But that was before Felix found the form that has him knocking on the door of a Top 20 breakthrough in the coming weeks.

"It's going to be exciting. He had a very exciting match today. It was very impressive how he turned things around towards the end," Raonic said. "But it's going to be a tough match tomorrow. He's been playing well over these first six months and hopefully I can have a chance to find the solution to the Felix problem."

In other action, Jan-Lennard Struff was dominant on serve against 2017 champion Lucas Pouille in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 70 minutes. The German, who recorded his first win in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Pouille, is through to his first ATP Tour semi-final since January 2019 at the ASB Classic in Auckland (l. to Norrie).

Struff will now play Karen Khachanov’s conqueror, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, who won 90 per cent of his first-service points to beat American Denis Kudla on German soil for the second time this season. Berrettini won 6-3, 6-3 in 72 minutes, one month on from their BMW Open by FWU Open second-round encounter.

Did You Know?
Raonic has been broken just once this week, and that came in the first round against Alexei Popyrin.

Fever-Tree Championships: When Is The Draw & More

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 2:45am

The Fever-Tree Championships, the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year in 2018, has been staged for more than a century at The Queen’s Club in London. 

Kevin Anderson and Andy Murray will make their return to the competitive action, respectively in singles and doubles, at Queen's. Anderson, who has been sidelined since March, will be the second seed behind Stefanos Tsitsipas. Meanwhile, five-time singles champion Murray will compete in doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez as he makes his comeback from hip surgery. The field will also feature Juan Martin del Potro, defending champion Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, British No. 1 Kyle Edmund and the Canadian trio of Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.

Here's all you need to know about The Queen's Club tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

Established: 1884

Tournament Dates: 17-23 June 2019

Tournament Director: Stephen Farrow

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 15 June

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Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 12:00pm, Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday at 1:30pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 23 June
* Doubles final: Sunday, 23 June

How To Watch
Watch Live On Tennis TV 
TV Schedule

Venue: The Queen's Club
Main Court Seating: 9,300

Prize Money: €2,081,830 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,219,150) 

Tickets On Sale: Buy Now

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Andy Murray (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan (5)
Oldest Champion: Feliciano Lopez, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 17, in 1985
Lowest-Ranked Champion (since 1979): No. 108 Scott Draper in 1998
Most Match Wins: John McEnroe (42)

2018 Finals
Singles: [1] Marin Cilic (CRO) d [WC] Novak Djokovic (SRB) 57 76(4) 63 - saved 1 MP   Read & Watch
Doubles: [2] Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS) d [4] Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA) 64 63  Read More

Hashtag: #QueensTennis
Facebook: @QueensTennis
Twitter: @QueensTennis
Instagram: @fevertreechampionships

Did You Know... Seven different players have completed The Queen's Club-Wimbledon title double in the same year: John McEnroe (1981, '84), Jimmy Connors ('82), Boris Becker ('85), Pete Sampras ('95, '99), Lleyton Hewitt (2002), Rafael Nadal (2008) and Andy Murray (2013, '16).

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NOVENTI OPEN: When Is The Draw & More

ATP news - Sat, 15/06/2019 - 2:44am

The newly renamed NOVENTI OPEN, formerly the GERRY WEBER OPEN, is one of two ATP 500 tournaments on grass, along with the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club in London. 

Roger Federer, who has won a record nine Halle titles from 12 finals (63-7 match record), will make his 17th tournament appearance this year. The 37-year-old Swiss will be joined in the 2019 field by fellow Top 10 stars Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov, as well as defending champion Borna Coric. The Croatian recorded Top 5 wins over Zverev and Federer in the semi-finals and final last year to claim his biggest career title. 

Here's all you need to know about the Halle tennis tournament: when is the draw, what is the schedule, where to watch, who won and more. 

Established: 1993

Tournament Dates: 17-23 June 2019

Tournament Director: Ralf Weber

Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 15 June at 2:00pm

* Qualifying: Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
* Main draw: Monday - Friday at 12:00pm, Saturday at 1:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 23 June at 1:00pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 23 June at 3:30pm

How To Watch
Watch Live On Tennis TV 
TV Schedule

Venue: Gerry Weber Stadion
Main Court Seating: 11,500

Prize Money: €2,081,830 (Total Financial Commitment: €2,219,150) 

Tickets On Sale: Buy Now

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Roger Federer (9)
Most Titles, Doubles: Jonas Bjorkman, David Rikl, Mikhail Youzhny, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, Julian Knowle, Raven Klaasen, Rajeev Ram, Lukasz Kubot, Marcelo Melo (2)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Borna Coric, 21, in 2018
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 192 Florian Mayer in 2016
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (63)

2018 Finals
Singles: Borna Coric (CRO) d [1] Roger Federer (SUI) 76(6) 36 62   Read & Watch
Doubles: [1] Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) d Alexander Zverev (GER) / Mischa Zverev (GER) 76(1) 64  Read More

Facebook: @ATPHalle
Twitter: @ATPHalle

Did You Know... Officials in Halle, Germany, paid tribute to Roger Federer by naming a street in his honour in 2012. ‘Roger-Federer-Allee’ leads to the main stadium, Weststrasse.

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