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Duckworth scores massive win to reach Stuttgart quarterfinals | 14 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Duckworth scores massive win to reach Stuttgart quarterfinals | 14 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Australian qualifier James Duckworth upsets world No.14 Ben Shelton in the second round at an ATP 250 grass-court tournament in Germany.

Stuttgart, Germany, 14 June 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Stuttgart, Germany

James Duckworth has beaten world No.14 Ben Shelton in a three-set tussle at an ATP 250 grass-court tournament in Stuttgart.

The American fired 21 aces in their second-round encounter – but it wasn’t enough to stop the Australian qualifier edging out a 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3 victory.

This is 32-year-old Duckworth’s fourth career top-20 win and first since 2021. All three of his previous top-20 wins had been on hard courts.

The resurgent Duckworth’s reward is a quarterfinal showdown with former world No.6 and Wimbledon 2021 finalist Matteo Berrettini.

This is the world No.101’s third tour-level quarterfinal appearance of the season.

Aussies in action – Stuttgart

Men’s singles, second round
[Q] James Duckworth (AUS) d [2] Ben Shelton (USA) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3

Men’s singles, quarterfinals
[Q] James Duckworth (AUS) v Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Alex de Minaur has made a winning start to the grass-court season, beating Belgium’s Zizou Bergs to move into the quarterfinals at an ATP 250 tournament at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The world No.9, who was contesting his first match since reaching the Roland Garros quarterfinals earlier this month, scored a 7-5 6-4 victory.

“Zizou is a hell of competitor and a very tricky opponent and I’m very happy I was able to sneak the win,” said De Minaur, who received a first-round bye as the tournament’s top seed. “First win of the grass-court season, so hopefully there are many, many more.”

This sets up a final-eight showdown with big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, a former world No.3 and Wimbledon 2016 finalist.

Aleksandar Vukic is also through to the quarterfinals after recording his career-best grass-court win.

The 28-year-old Australian eliminated world No.22 Karen Khachanov in a tight second-round clash. With their rain-delayed match resuming tied at one-set apiece, world No.87 Vukic managed to close out a 6-4 5-7 7-6(4) victory.

This is Vukic’s second career win over a top-30 opponent and his first on grass.

Defending champion and local favourite Tallon Griekspoor awaits in the next round.

In doubles action, John-Patrick Smith has advanced to the semifinals with his German partner Andrea Mies. They scored a hard-fought win…

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