Swiss youngster Dominic Stricker was eliminated in the MercedesCup’s quarterfinals after having one matchpoint.
Dominic Stricker’s (ATP 335) summer fairy tale in Stuttgart came to a bitter end on Friday as veteran American Sam Querrey won a nearly 2-hour battle 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Both players served well in the first set, neither allowing a break point. In the tie-break, Querrey served two double faults and Stricker pounded on his chance to win the decider 7-4.
Stricker got off to the worst possible start in the second, immediately conceiding a break, but was able to even the match at 4-4. At 5-4 Stricker and service Querrey, the Swiss even had a match point, but that one was saved by the American. The second tie-break was full of drama, as Stricker couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead, even fell (and had to be treated after the set) and finally Querrey took the decider 7-4.
In the third Stricker was close for a long time, but Querrey finally broke through to take a 5-3 lead. With Querrey serving for the match, Stricker was able to save two match points, but the third finally sealed the deal and Querrey moved on to the semis on Saturday.
In the semifinal, Querrey will meet number 3 seeded Canadiean Felix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 21), who eliminated the tournament’s number 6, Frenchman Ugo Humbert (ATP 32) in two tiebreaks 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8).
The match between the tournament’s number 1, Denis Shapovalov (CAN/14) and Marin Cilic (CRO/47), US Open champion from 2014 was another hard hitting affair with the veteran from Croatia coming out on top 7-5, 7-6 (3).
In the final match of the day, Austrian wild card player Jurij Rodionov (AUT/142) eliminated the tournament’s no. 4, Alex de Minaur (AUS/22) after saving a match point 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).