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Auger-Aliassime vs Raonic ATP Stuttgart Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Auger-Aliassime and Raonic go head-to-head in all-Canadian Stuttgart semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 15 Jun 2019
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Milos Raonic is live from the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Saturday, 15 June from 3:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST
  • Raonic won the only previous meeting in Cincinnati last year
Felix Auger-Aliassime (PA Sport)

It's an all-Canadian battle in Stuttgart as young gun, Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on former world No. 3, Milos Raonic in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Can Auger-Aliassime advance to his first grass-court final or will former Wimbledon finalist, Raonic reach consecutive Mercedes Cup finals when he goes up his younger compatriot?

A terrific break out year for Auger-Aliassime has already yielded two tour-level finals- on the clay of Rio and Lyon- and he stands just one win away from his third final of the season, and his first on grass. The Canadian is playing his first tournament since pulling out of the French Open with a left adductor injury.

The 18-year-old, who had never featured in an ATP event on grass prior to his participation in Stuttgart, began his week with straight sets victories over Ernests Gulbis and Gilles Simon, before surviving a match point in his quarter final against Dustin Brown on Friday to reach his fourth semi-final of the season.

The dangerous Brown, who famously defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2016, had not won a tour-level match since the 2017 US Open, but he put together two very impressive wins against John Millman and top seed Alexander Zverev to reach the quarter finals, and was a point away from adding Auger-Aliassime to that list in Friday's encounter.

There were no breaks of serve through the first two sets, with Brown and Auger-Aliassime splitting the two tie breaks, but it was the German who forced the first break of the match in the third set, breaking for the 3-2 lead. Brown served for the match at 5-4, but he fluffed his lines when presented with a forehand volley on match point, and Auger-Aliassime grabbed the break back on his fourth break point of the game when he produced a forehand pass on the turn after chasing down a lob to restore parity in the set. The teenager, who powered down 30 aces jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the ensuing tie break, and went on to complete the 7-6 6-7 7-6 after two and a half hours.

Auger-Aliassime improves to 20-11 for the season, his best results being finals in Rio and Lyon (lost to Laslo Djere and Benoit Paire respectively), and a superb semi-final run at the Miami Open. He has risen from outside the top-100 at the start of the year to a current mark of 21st.

Can he take down his country's No. 1 player, Raonic, and make his third final of the year?


World No. 18, Raonic is just three spots ahead of Auger-Aliassime in the rankings in an intriguing national rivalry that also includes Denis Shapovalov, who is currently ranked 25th in the world.

Raonic, of course, used to be ranked a lot higher- he got to No. 3 at the end of 2016- but he has been pulled back by several injury problems over the last two and a half years. The 29-year-old dipped as low as 40th in February last year, but he worked his way back into the top-20 by the end of the season after reaching the Stuttgart final, semi-finals at Indian Wells, amd quarter finals in Miami, Wimbledon, Cincinnati and Tokyo.

Raonic is playing just his seventh tournament this year, and has only just returned to the tour after missing the entirety of the clay-court season with a knee injury. He came through a couple of tough three-set matches to begin with, beating Alexei Popyrin 6-7 6-4 7-6 in his tournament opener, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-7 7-6, but he recorded a more comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory over Marton Fucsovics in the quarter finals on Friday to advance to the semis for the second straight year.

The serve has unsurprisingly been the fulcrum of his run to the semi-finals. Raonic has sent down 67 aces in his three matches, 12 of which came against Fucsovics in the quarters on Friday. The Canadian lost just four points on his first serve, and 11 points on serve in total, saving the only break point he faced midway through the first set.

Raonic is through to his second semi-final of the season, having also made the last four at Indian Wells. He was a quarter-finalist in Brisbane and at the Australian Open in his other key 2019 results.

Raonic scored a 6-4 6-4 victory over Auger-Aliassime in their only previous meeting in Cincinnati last season, and as well as the younger Canadian has played this week, I think he will once again come up just short against his countryman. Auger-Aliassime is no slouch on serve, but Raonic is a lot more consistent and potent in that department. That could again be the difference on Saturday.

Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Milos Raonic is live from the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Saturday, 15 June from 3:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST


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Auger-Aliassime vs Raonic ATP Stuttgart Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Auger-Aliassime and Raonic go head-to-head in all-Canadian Stuttgart semi-final

Canada's top two, Milos Raonic and Felix Auger-Aliassime go head-to-head on Saturday, as they battle for a spot in the Stuttgart. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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