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Stricker upsets Hurkacz

Stricker upsets Hurkacz

Stuttgart,

Swiss youngster gets first win over top 20 player in only his fifth match on the ATP Tour.

Swiss youngster gets first win over top 20 player in only his fifth match on the ATP Tour.

The wildcard for Dominic Stricker (ATP 335) was a good investment. The 18-year old Swiss beat the number 20 in the world, Hubert Hurkacz from Poland, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) reaching his second quarter final on the tour in as many attempts. Before Stuttgart, he already managed this feat in Geneva.

Stricker showed neither nerves nor respect from the beginning for the big name on the other side of the net. Hurkacz won this year’s edition of the ATP-1000-Masters series in Miami, but couldn’t find a way to beat the young man from Switzerland. The set stayed on serve and was decided 7-5 in the tie-break.

At the start of the second set, it seemed as if Hurkacz would be able to turn the tide. He got off to a great start with a break, but Stricker immediately got the re-break. The set again had to be decided in the tie-break which Stricker again won 7-5. His next opponent is Sam Querrey, The American number 67 in the world beat Australian James Duckworth 6-4, 7-5 (7).

After the match Stricker said: “I don’t think that I’m really so calm. It may look like it, but deep in me there are certainly things going on. Concerning the match point I was just glad that the first serve worked and it even was an ace.”

Croatian Marin Cilic also advanced to the quarter finals. The US Open champion from 2014 ousted Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia 6-3, 6-2. Felixe Auger-Aliassime (CAN/ATP 21), 2019 finalist in Stuttgart) eliminated Lloyd Harris (RSA/54) 6-3, 7-6 (4) and in and All-Aussie duel Alex de Minaur (ATP22) overcame Jordan Thompson (ATP 54) 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4.

German Yannick Hanfmann (ATP 96) bowed out of the tournament with a 7-6 (9), 6-2 loss to the tournament’ no. 6, Ugo Humbert.

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