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Raonic edges Tsonga to reach Stuttgart Open quarterfinals

Germany Stuttgart Open tennis

Milos Raonic, of Canada, returns a shot to Marton Fucsovics, of Hungary, during the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open tennis tournament, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Stuttgart, Germany. Raonic won 6-4, 6-4. (Silas Stein/dpa via AP)


STUTTGART, Germany -- Milos Raonic edged past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) Wednesday to reach the Stuttgart Open quarterfinals.

Raonic, who lost last year’s final to Roger Federer and also needed a tiebreaker to get past Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday, hit 24 aces to beat Tsonga in 2 hours, 27 minutes.

The sixth-seeded Canadian next faces Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who beat fourth-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5.

Also Wednesday, Lucas Pouille upset third-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2, and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.

Rain delayed the start of play for 3 1/2 hours at the grass-court tournament.