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Highlights: Cilic, Querrey, Tiafoe Move On At Queen's

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:05pm
Watch highlights as Marin Cilic battles past Gilles Muller in three sets, while Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe also moved on at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday. Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Highlights: RBA Moves On As Thiem, Nishikori Upset In Halle

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 4:03pm
Watch highlights as Roberto Bautista Agut survives an upset-filled Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Photo credit: Thomas Starke/Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios/Hewitt Cause Big Upset At Queen's Club

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:17pm

Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios caused a major upset on Wednesday at the Fever-Tree Championships when they knocked out two-time former champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in 66 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Australian wild cards broke Herbert’s serve in the seventh game of the first set, but the French team regrouped to take a 4-1 advantage in the second set. Hewitt and Kyrgios took control of the Match tie-break by winning four of the first five points. They will next face Britons Kyle Edmund and Neal Skupski.

Two weeks ago, Herbert and Mahut captured the Roland Garros title – their 12th team trophy. Hewitt, 37, has played five tour-level doubles tournaments this year, including a run to the Australian Open quarter-finals with Sam Groth.

Lucky losers Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof made the most of their opportunity by beating wild cards Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6(2). They go onto face fourth seeds and defending champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

The victors will challenge top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, the leaders in the ATP Race To London for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in November.

Marach and Pavic, with four trophies to their name this year, fought hard to defeat Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-7. They could not convert two match points at 6/4 in the second set tie-break and came back from 3/6 down in the Match tie-break.

Kubot/Melo Move On In Halle
Defending champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo booked their place in the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals, defeating qualifiers Jonathan Erlich and Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 6-4.

The top seeds advanced after 69 minutes, firing seven aces and saving three of four break points to progress. Kubot and Melo, who own an 18-12 record this season, will meet Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald for a semi-final spot. Mirnyi and Oswald edged past Marcin Matkowski and Matwe Middelkoop 7-5, 7-6(4) in 81 minutes.

Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram wasted no time in their opening match, cruising past Karen Khachanov and Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-0 in 57 minutes. The fourth seeds won all four break points they earned to power past the Russian-French duo, who contested the Open 13 Provence singles final in February.

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Sublime Sugita Stuns Thiem In Halle

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:10pm

Yuichi Sugita showcased his grass-court pedigree on Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open when he recorded the second victory over a member of the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.

The 29-year-old Japanese beat third seed Dominic Thiem, who is more accustomed to top-level play on clay courts, 6-2, 7-5 over 88 minutes in Halle. He will next play American Denis Kudla.

Last year’s Antalya Open champion won the first four games against Thiem and broke at 5-5 in the second set, before requiring four match point chances for his seventh win of 2018. Sugita lost just seven of his first-service points, converting 10 of his 13 break point opportunities, while Thiem committed 33 unforced errors.

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Thiem, who has a 36-10 match record this year, largely based on a successful European clay-court swing, had been bidding to reach his 10th quarter-final in 13 tournaments. Sugita beat then World No. 9 Jack Sock at the Australian Open in January.

Kudla, a 25-year-old qualifier, struck five aces and saved all four break points he faced in beating Next Gen ATP Finals contender Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 in 84 minutes.

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Sugita: 'This Is The Best Match Of My Career'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:02pm
Watch as Yuichi Sugita breaks down what he describes as the best match of his career after defeating third seed Dominic Thiem at Halle on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Cilic Wins Another Ace-Fuelled Clash; Tiafoe To Play Chardy

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:36pm

Marin Cilic extended his perfect record against Gilles Muller on Wednesday for a place in the Fever-Tree Championships quarter-finals.

Top-seeded Croatian Cilic, a three-time finalist at The Queen’s Club (26-9 match record), highlighted by the 2012 title, struck 19 aces to Muller’s 17 in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in one hour and 42 minutes. Cilic is now 4-0 against Luxembourg’s Muller in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

“It was difficult [to come back from a set down],” said Cilic. “He served really, really well consistently, and very tricky with his left hand. He was hitting good spots everywhere. It was definitely not easy. But I upped my serve a little bit from beginning of the second set.

“I didn't give him many chances on the return, and that just pushed me to stay in the match and to put back pressure on him. Obviously, that gave me few more chances on the returns. I got the break, and things sort of opened up a little bit more for me. I started from that point to play a little bit better and even made a few extra returns, putting pressure all the time on him. I was quite solid. Really happy with the way I pulled it from one set down.”

In their two previous grass-court meetings, Cilic hit 33 aces to Muller’s 17 in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals and Cilic fired down 20 aces to Muller’s 22 in last year’s semi-finals at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Cilic will next face another big-server, fifth-seeded American and 2010 titlist Sam Querrey, who saved seven set points in the first set of his victory over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

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Next Gen ATP Finals contender Frances Tiafoe notched his 18th win of the season, the most among American players on the ATP World Tour in 2018, beating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

"I thought it was a really good match," said Tiafoe. I played him once before in Shanghai in the last-round of qualifying. It was another tight match. I won 6-4 in the third set... In the second set I had a little lapse, but the third set was extremely tight and I was happy to get through."

The Delray Beach Open champion hit 10 aces and dropped just two points behind his first serve in the final set to reach his first quarter-final at The Queen's Club after one hour and 50 minutes. Mayer, who recorded just his second Top 10 win in 31 matches on Tuesday (d. Anderson), drops to 14-14 at tour-level this season.

"I am pretty pumped," said Tiafoe. "Grass hasn't been my favorite surface at all in the past here. I had unbelievable preperation, staying here after Roland Garros, practising on grass for a couple weeks... With a bunch of great players. It's paying off, luckily."

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Tiafoe, bidding to reach his third tour-level semi-final of the season, will face Libema Open finalist Jeremy Chardy.

"Jeremy is a great friend of mine... So far he's been having an unbelievable grass court season," said Tiafoe. "He won a big Challenger [in Surbiton] and made the finals last week in 's-Hertogenbosch. Obviously he's feeling good."

Chardy progressed to the last eight after 83 minutes, defeating Sydney International titlist Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 6-3. The Frenchman, won who the Surbiton Trophy on the ATP Challenger Tour before reaching the championship match in 's-Hertogenbosch last week, didn't face a single break point en route to victory.

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Frances Tiafoe came into the Fever-Tree Championships with a 1-2 FedEx ATP Win/Loss Record on grass.

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ATP World Tour Players Make Picks For World Cup Winner

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:49pm
Watch as Mischa Zverev, Lucas Pouille, Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and other ATP World Tour stars weigh in with their predictions for the outcome of the 2018 World Cup.

Big Sam Ousts Stan, Saves Seven Set Points In First Set

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:52am

Former champion Sam Querrey lived to fight another day at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday, saving seven set points in the first set en route to a second-round victory over Stan Wawrinka.

Querrey, the 2010 titlist at The Queen’s Club, struck 25 aces in a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1 win over Wawrinka, who is growing in confidence in his rehabilitation from two left knee surgeries last year, in one hour and 56 minutes.

The American, who is now 20-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, will next play top seed and 2013 champion Marin Cilic, who bear Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

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In a dramatic 10th game of the first set, which included six aces and two double faults, fifth seed Querrey fended off seven set points. He then won eight of 10 points in the next two games to clinch the 48-minute opener.

Wawrinka regrouped in the second round, but was denied another set point opportunity at 6-5, with Querrey serving at 30/40. In the tie-break, Wawrinka won four of the first five points, but it was one-way traffic in the decider with Querrey losing four of his service points.

“It’s frustrating to lose it,” said Wawrinka. “I think the level is there. I think I'm moving quite well on the grass and I was feeling good. I had a lot of chances in the first set and I didn't make it. He was playing really well. He's a tough player to play on the grass.

“It was a tough match, but I think in general this is a positive loss for me. For sure, I'm sad and frustrated because I need to win matches.”

Querrey, now 13-11 on the season that includes a run to the New York Open final (l. to Anderson) in February, beat Wawrinka for the first time since October 2013 at the China Open. Wawrinka now leads 5-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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Hot Shot: Tsitsipas Dives, Then Drills Volley Winner At Halle 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:41am
Watch as Stefanos Tsitsipas covers the net, then hits a volley winner during his match against Denis Kudla at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Kudla Shows Off Court Coverage, Ends With Winner at Halle 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:34am
Denis Kudla covers the length of the court before ending the point with a forehand against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the 2018 Gerry Weber Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Bautista Agut: 'Consistency Is Key'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:40am
Watch as Roberto Bautista Agut discusses how his strategy to be patient and pick his spots helped seal the win over Robin Haase at the Gery Weber Open on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Hot Shot: Tiafoe Flicks Passing Forehand

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:31am
Watch as Frances Tiafoe scrambles before finding just enough space for a forehand winner during his match against Leonardo Mayer at the Fever-Tree Championships. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Khachanov: 'I Had To Go For It'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:23am
Karen Khachanov discusses why he had to play fast and aggressively in order to defeat Kei Nishikori at the Gerry Weber Open on Wednesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Tsitsipas: 'It's An Exciting Part Of The Year'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 9:19am
Watch as Stefanos Tsitsipas discusses his grass-court preparations ahead of his first match, on his favourite surface, at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Stefanos' Backstage Tsitsi-pass

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 8:17am
Watch as #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas provides an insight into his daily activities at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Uncovered: Herbert & Mahut's Historic Roland Garros Victory

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:40am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot catches up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut after they became just the third all-French team in the Open Era to win Roland Garros. Photo credit: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour

Uncovered: Nishikori Running High On Confidence

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:38am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes with Kei Nishikori and coach Michael Chang to find out the secret to the Japanese superstar's recent success. Photo Credit: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour.

Go Inside Media Day At Halle 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:02am
Go behind the scenes on Media Day at the 2018 Gerry Weber Open, featuring interviews with Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Join Ebden For Off-Court Training Session At Halle 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 6:59am
Join Australia's Matthew Ebden for an off-court fitness training session at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he competes at a career-high No. 60 in the ATP Rankings.

Khachanov Beats Nishikori, Faces Bautista Agut In Halle Quarter-finals

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 5:24am

Russia’s Karen Khachanov recorded his 20th victory of the season on Thursday by beating seventh seed Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Gerry Weber Open for a place in the quarter-finals.

Khachanov overcame Nishikori 6-2, 6-2 for his fifth win over a member of the Top 30 in the ATP Rankings in 2018 and will now challenge fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Friday. The pair is 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but have never met before on a grass court.

The 22-year-old Khachanov broke Nishikori’s serve in both the opening and seventh games of each set en route to victory in 78 minutes. He is now 20-12 on the season, which includes his second ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 Provence (d. Pouille).

“I think today I just made too many unforced errors,” said Nishikori. “He was playing well, but nothing special. I think today I couldn't hit [many] good serves and also I should have tried to stay a little bit more on the baseline… Karen hits very flat and he’s not easy to play against on grass.”

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Bautista Agut booked a spot in the Halle quarter-finals for the second successive year with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Robin Haase of the Netherlands in one hour and 35 minutes. The Spaniard won the first of his eight ATP World Tour titles on grass at the 2014 Libema Open (d. Becker).

Bautista Agut took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but was quickly clawed back by Haase. The Spaniard broke to love in the final game, then recovered from 0/40 at 4-4 in the second set and broke Haase again in the 12th game. The 30-year-old also beat Haase 7-6(5) in a third set tie-break en route to the ASB Classic title in the second week of the 2018 season.

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