Tennis

Canadian Auger-Aliassime advances to Cologne Championship quarter-finals

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory over qualifier Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the second round of the Cologne Championship on Wednesday. No. 3 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will play a second-round match on Thursday.

Thornhill, Ont., native Milos Raonic through to 2nd round of European Open

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, seen above on Oct. 18, defeated Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the second round of the Cologne Championship on Wednesday. (Martin Meissner/The Associated Press)

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory over qualifier Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the second round of the Cologne Championship on Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, who received a first-round bye, broke Gerasimov when the world No. 87 was serving for the match up 6-5 in the second set at the ATP Tour 250 hard-court event.

Auger-Aliassime, ranked 22nd in the world, is coming off a run to the final last week at the Cologne Indoors.

The Montreal native struggled on second serve Wednesday, winning only 51 per cent of those points, but he saved six-of-10 break points.

WATCH | Auger-Aliassime rallies past Gerasimov:

Auger-Aliassime fights back for victory over Gerasimov

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Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to the Cologne Championship quarter-finals with a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory over qualifier Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. 2:52

In the quarterfinals, Auger-Aliassime will face the winner of a match between Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany and Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

No. 3 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will play a second-round match on Thursday against Gilles Simon of France.

Also Wednesday, top-seeded Alexander Zverev overcame Australia's John Millman 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Zverev hit 10 double-faults but held his nerve to win his fifth straight match in Cologne after winning last week's Cologne Indoors.

The two back-to-back competitions were added to the provisional schedule following the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zverev next faces eighth-seeded Adrian Mannarino, who beat Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-3.

Also, Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the second round.

Roanic into European Open 2nd round

Canada's Milos Raonic has advanced to the second round of the European Open.

The No. 6 seed, from Thornhill, Ont., beat world No. 52 Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the ATP Tour 250 hard-court event on Wednesday.

WATCH | Raonic eliminates Bedene in 1st round:

Milos Raonic moves on to 2nd round in Antwerp

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No. 6 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., beat world No. 52 Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 7-6 (4) to advance to the second round of the ATP European Open in Belgium. 3:18

Raonic, ranked 19th in the world, won 91 per cent of his points (40-of-44) when he got his first serve in and finished with 17 aces.

The Canadian improved his lifetime record against Bedene to 3-0.

Raonic will next face world No. 70 Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Raonic won their only previous meeting last year on a hard court in Paris.

With files from The Associated Press

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