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Tipsarevic defeats former finalist Sandgren in clay court

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HOUSTON — Janko Tipsarevic defeated last year’s finalist Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship on Tuesday.

Tipsarevic, who is back after missing much of the past two seasons with hamstring issues, beat Sandgren 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Sam Querrey, a two-time finalist, began the tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bjorn Fratangelo.

In other first-round action, Henri Laaksonen defeated Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, Jordan Thompson beat Pedja Krstin 7-5, 6-2, Santiago Giraldo defeated Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, Daniel Elahi Galan beat Paolo Lorenzi 7-6 (5), 6-4 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Noah Rubin 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka defeated Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of doubles play.

Other doubles action included Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin’s 7-5, 6-3 win over Pablo Cuevas and Hugo Dellien and Ryan Harrison and Mackenzie McDonald’s 4-6, 6-4, 10-2 victory over Marcelo Arevalo and Jamie Cerretani.

Play continues with the second round on Wednesday.

Matteo Berrettini breaks through on grass to win Stuttgart Open

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STUTTGART, Germany — Matteo Berrettini beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6 (11) to win the Stuttgart Open and his third tour-level title on Sunday.

The Italian saved five set points in a second-set tiebreaker and clinched his first title on grass. His other titles came at Budapest in April, and Gstaad, Switzerland, last year.

The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime previously reached championship matches in Rio de Janeiro in February and the Lyon Open in May – both on clay.

Berrettini won all 50 of his service games during the week in Stuttgart. He did not face a break point against Auger-Aliassime.

Auger-Aliassime progressed to the final in his first professional grass tournament without playing Saturday as compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew ahead of their semifinal due to back problems.

Playing on two surfaces, Vekic reaches Nottingham semis

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NOTTINGHAM, England — Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before reaching the semifinals.

The second-seeded Vekic defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4 in a match played on two surfaces as rain again played havoc with the schedule.

The opening two days were completely washed out before organizers decided to switch the first and second rounds indoors as rain fell for four consecutive days.

Vekic, who won the tournament in 2017, will play Germany’s Tatjana Maria in her third straight semifinal in Nottingham. Maria earlier defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the only match completed on grass so far at the tournament.

Also Friday, American Jennifer Brady defeated fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5, 6-3 to set up a semifinal against top-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Garcia rallied to beat Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the last quarterfinal.