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Raonic wins, Shapovalov upset at Stuttgart Open

Sportsnet logo Sportsnet 2018-06-13 Associated Press
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.

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.

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