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Doubles Champion Baughman, Sell To Face Off in Saturday Semifinal At Claremont Club Pro Classic

First-time partners – and newly crowned Claremont Club Pro Classic doubles champions – Deiton Baughman and Karue Sell will meet in a singles semifinal at the $15,000 USTA Men’s Pro Circuit Futures tournament on Saturday at the Claremont Club.

On Friday, the unseeded Baughman got past former University of North Carolina All-American Ronnie Schneider of Indianapolis, 6-1, 6-4, in his quarterfinal while the former UCLA star Sell from Brazil beat fellow qualifier Laurens Verboven of Belgium, 6-2, 6-4. 

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Shapovalov quells Yuki fightback to level Davis Cup tie at 1-1

The Canadian Davis Cup team is tied 1-1 with India after the opening day of competition at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Canada’s No. 2 singles player Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) fell 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5 in the first rubber to Indian No. 1 Ramkumar Ramanathan, before Canada’s top player Denis Shapovalov defeated Indian No. 2 Yuki Bhambri 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-7(6), 4-6, 6-1.

Ramanathan dispatched Schnur in three hours and 16 minutes, and recorded 20 aces to Schnur’s 14. While the 22-year-old Canadian captured the first set in his first-ever Davis Cup match, Schnur struggled to capitalize on his break point opportunities, only converting 3 of

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Nick Kyrgios levels Davis Cup semifinal tie 1-1 in Belgium

Nick Kyrgios has levelled the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal tie between Australia and Belgium 1-1. Kyrgios overcame Steve Darcis in a five-set thriller 6-3 3-6 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2 in a match that lasted three hours and 35 minutes.

Earlier today John Millman made his Davis Cup debut for Australia and fell just short to world No.12 David Goffin 7-6(4) 4-6 3-6 5-7.

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Patrick McEnroe and Thomas Enqvist join Laver Cup as vice captains

American Patrick McEnroe and Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist have been named vice captains of the Laver Cup teams when the competition gets underway in Prague on September 22.

Patrick McEnroe will join Team World, under the direction of his older brother John McEnroe, while Enqvist will support the campaign of Team Europe, captained by Björn Borg.

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Second ATP Challenger Tour Title for Auger-Aliassime

After winning his first ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year at the age of 16 years, 10 months, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) captured his second Challenger crown on Saturday at the 64 000 € Seville Challenger in Spain.

Auger-Aliassime, who was playing his third tournament since returning from a left wrist injury, fought back to defeat Spaniard Inigo Cervantes 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The 17-year-old erased a 6-7(4), 0-3 deficit, winning 9 straight games and he never looked back. He becomes the third player in history to win multiple Challenger titles by the age of 17, joining Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet in this exclusive club. 

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Dabrowski, Dodin and Wozniak will play on opening night in Quebec City

Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Aleksandra Wozniak, as well as Océane Dodin of France will launch the festivities on opening night Monday at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA.

Wozniak, who will be playing for the 13th time in Quebec City, will face fifth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, ranked no. 64 in the world, in her first round match. Wozniak, who celebrated her 30th birthday a few days ago, has twice reached the semifinals of the National Bank Cup, in 2008 and 2009. This will be the fourth career meeting between the two players with Wozniak winning two of the three previous matches.

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Las Vegas Favorite Nicole Gibbs Expected To Be Top-Seeded At Red Rock Pro Open

A little more than a week after taking the WTA World Tour No. 1 ranked player to three sets at the US Open, Nicole Gibbs will hit the Red Rock Country Club courts competing as the top-seeded player in the ninth annual Red Rock Pro Open Sept. 10-17.

A Las Vegas fan-favorite just two years ago when she advanced to the Red Rock Pro Open semifinals, Gibbsy – as she’s affectionately known on Tour – fell to No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-3 in the third set, on Thursday in the second round of the year’s final Grand Slam.

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