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ATP tennis tournament: Zverev crashes out in quarters

Stunner: David Goffin handed Alexander Zverev, who struggled to find his rhythm, a surprise defeat.

Stunner: David Goffin handed Alexander Zverev, who struggled to find his rhythm, a surprise defeat.  

The home favourite was playing with a swollen knee

World No. 5 Alexander Zverev crashed out of the ATP tournament in Halle on Friday in a surprise 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(3) quarterfinal defeat by Belgium's David Goffin.

Home favourite Zverev was playing with a swollen knee after slipping and hurting himself in the first round, and the Halle crowd watched on in dismay as he struggled to find his rhythm against World No. 33 Goffin.

The 22-year-old served nine double faults in a rollercoaster match, and survived two match points in the third set before ultimately losing in the tiebreaker.

Goffin will face Italian talent Matteo Berrettini in the semifinals on Saturday.

Rising star Berrettini continued his excellent 2019 form with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Russian third seed Karen Khachanov.

Meanwhile, Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed the scalp of Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Queen’s with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 victory.

At 18, Auger-Aliassime becomes the youngest Queen's semifinalist since Australia's Lleyton Hewitt at the same age in 1999.

The Canadian may have been seeded lower, but he owns a perfect record against Tsitsipas with three victories as a junior and now two on the ATP Tour.

Tsitsipas was not helped by a painful right shoulder — which required on-court treatment — after two falls in the final game of the first set.

Important results: Halle: Quarterfinals: David Goffin bt Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3); Matteo Berrettini bt Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6(4).

Roger Federer bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5.

Queen’s Club: Quarterfinals: Felix Auger-Aliassime bt Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-2.

Second round: Stefanos Tsitsipas bt Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(4); Felix Auger-Aliassime bt Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5; Milos Raonic bt Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 7-6(3); Diego Schwartzman bt Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4; Nicolas Mahut bt Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(2); Gilles Simon bt Kevin Anderson 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Mallorca: Second round: Angelique Kerber bt Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3; Caroline Garcia bt Paula Badosa 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3.

Birmingham: Second round: Yulia Putintseva bt Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-3; Venus Williams bt Qiang Wang 6-3, 6-2.

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