09.06.2021 - 18:17 Uhr
Dominic Stephan Stricker continues to impress on the ATP Tour.Just three weeks ago, the 18-year-old Swiss reached the quarter-finals on his tour-level debut in Geneva. On Wednesday, he advanced to the second round of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) triumph against Moldovan Radu Albot.“The first match on grass is always tricky. We didn’t have a grass season last year and it was difficult,” Stricker said. “But I had a great and long preparation at my base in Biel where we have a grass court. I felt well on court, but it’s always a different feeling on this surface.”[WATCH LIVE 1]Stricker, who is a wild card at this German ATP 250 event, hit 10 aces and saved four of the six break points he faced to advance after two hours and four minutes. The teen will next play second seed Hubert Hurkacz, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title earlier this year in Miami.“I’m very thankful that I received the wild card here. It is a beautiful event and very well organised,” Stricker said. “I will give my best and try to go as far as I can.”Two Germans moved on at home, with qualifier Peter Gojowczyk ousting Belarusian lucky loser Ilya Ivashka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and wild card Yannick Hanfmann beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4.Two Aussies also advanced to the second round, as qualifier James Duckworth beat seventh seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 and Jordan Thompson eliminated Argentine Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4.Hurkacz/Kubot Advance In DoublesHubert Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot reached the doubles quarter-finals in Stuttgart with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.Hurkacz posted on Instagram that in 2006 he was a ballboy for Kubot. They first competed together at this year's ATP Cup, but this was the Polish team's first win. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hubert Hurkacz (@hubihurkacz)



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20.07.2021 - 22:19 Uhr

Dominic Thiem is back on court after suffering a right wrist injury last month. Well, sort of.The Austrian posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he is "finally back on court". However, the World No. 6 is not back to full tennis activites. Thiem hit lefty forehands, one-handed lefty backhands, lefty volleys and completed a series of footwork drills. He did not use his right hand. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dominic Thiem (@domithiem)The two-time Nitto ATP Finals runner-up suffered a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side of his right wrist during his match against Adrian Mannarino at the Mallorca Championships on 22 June. A statement from his team two days later said he would wear a splint for five weeks, and he was still wearing one in his new video.Thiem owns a 9-9 record on the season, with his best result coming at the Mutua Madrid Open, where he advanced to the semi-finals. The 17-time tour-level champion made the biggest breakthrough of his career last year at the US Open, where he lifted his first Grand Slam trophy.

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