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Shapovalov exits Stuttgart Open early with loss to 61st-ranked Otte

Shapovalov exits Stuttgart Open early with loss to 61st-ranked Otte

Shapovalov exits Stuttgart Open early with loss to 61st-ranked Otte

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov was eliminated early once again.

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native was upset by home favorite Oscar Otte 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) at the Stuttgart Open on Thursday.

Otte, of Germany, is through to the quarter-finals, where he’ll face French player Benjamin Bonzi.

Shapovalov also lost his first match at the French Open, where he fell to 28th-ranked Holger Rune of Denmark.

WATCH | Shapovalov falls to Otte in Stuttgart:

Shapovalov upset by Germany’s Otte in Stuttgart Open round of 16

Local favorite Oscar Otte of Germany upset Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., 7-6(6), 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals of the Stuttgart Open.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime fared better against a local favorite at the Libema Open in the Netherlands, beating Tallon Griekspoor 7-6 (2), 7-6( 5) to advance to the quarter-finals.

The Montreal native fired 13 aces and saved both break points he faced.

Auger-Aliassime never had a chance to break Griekspoor, but he dominated the first-set tiebreak and won on his first set point with Griekspoor serving.

Auger-Aliassime led the second tiebreak 6-3 before Griekspoor made it close by winning two points on serve. That gave Auger-Aliassime the opportunity to serve for the match, and he converted the match point.

The Canadian, ranked ninth in the world, is seeded second at the grass-court event held outside the Dutch city of s’Hertogenbosch. He will next face the winner of a match between Russia’s Karen Khachanov and Kamil Majchrzak of Poland.

WATCH | Auger Aliassime beats Griekspoor:

Auger-Aliassime opens grass court season by advancing to Libema Open quarters

No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal got his start to the grass court season underway with a win over local favorite Tallon Griekspoor 7-6(2), 7-6(5) to advance to the quarter-finals of the Libema Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands.

Back in Stuttgart, two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray defeated seventh-seeded Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6 (4) to reach the fourth-finals.

The 35-year-old Murray dropped his intensity in the second set but saved three set points as he rallied from 5-2 down to win in 1 hour, 42 minutes.

Murray missed much of the clay-court season to focus on his preparations for grass. He reached the semifinals of the Surbiton Trophy last week, when he was beaten by Denis Kudla.

Murray’s bid to reach the Stuttgart semifinals will be tested next by the top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas or Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker.

Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego defeated another German, Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in their match that had been suspended on Wednesday due to rain. Sonego next plays second-seeded compatriot Matteo Berrettini.

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