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Bouchard gets tough opener at Wimbledon, Raonic in difficult section of the draw

The singles draws are set for Wimbledon 2017 and it will feature at least five Canadians, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC) and the young rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON).

Raonic, currently world no. 7, is the sixth seed at the tournament and will face world no. 50 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the opening round. The Canadian is in the bottom half of the draw, alongside both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Raonic, the finalist last year at Wimbledon, has another tough path this year, which could potentially include a Round of 16 encounter with NextGen ATP front runner Alexander Zverev and a quarter-final showdown against the seven-time champion Roger Federer. Despite making an early exit at Queen’s Club last week, Raonic has had a strong 2017 season, reaching the finals at Delray Beach and Istanbul.

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Geneva selected to host combined World Cup of Tennis finals

The ITF Board of Directors has selected Geneva as the preferred bid to host the World Cup of Tennis finals - a new combined season-ending event including the finals of Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. The finals are the centrepiece of a series of historic reforms that will transform Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the largest annual team competitions in sport.

The ITF AGM will be asked to approve the full reform package at its meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in August 2017.

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Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic to return for 2018 Hopman Cup

Swiss superstar and eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and compatriot Belinda Bencic will return to Western Australia for the Hopman Cup in 2018.

The dynamic duo of Federer and Bencic starred in three record-breaking sessions at the event this year, with 13,917 fans turning out for the tie between Switzerland and France, the biggest tennis crowd in WA history.

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Federer routs Zverev in one-sided Halle final

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer claimed his ninth title at the Halle Open after beating German Alexander Zverev, World No.12, in Sunday's final.

The World No.5 Swiss star won his fourth trophy this season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over his 20-year-old German rival in 53 minutes. The 35-year-old victor claimed the Halle Open title one week ahead of Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, which he has won seven times. Wimbledon is to be held from July 3 to 16.

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Lopez, Cilic to square off in Queen's Club final

Spain's Feliciano Lopez overcame sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the final of Queen's Club, a tune-up event for Wimbledon.

The unseeded Spaniard will next take on fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic - a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 winner, earlier in the day over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller - in Sunday's final of this grass-court event, which is known as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons.

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Federer - Zverev to clash in mouthwatering Halle final

Swiss legend and top seed Roger Federer defeated Russian Karen Khachanov on Saturday thus advancing to the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Federer, who is a step away from his ninth title at the tournament, took an hour and 25 minutes to win 6-4, 7-6 (5) against the 6 foot 6 inch Russian. Federer had to dig deep to come away from the contest in straight sets, saving two set points on his own serve at 5-6 late in the second set. In the final, the Swiss will play German Alexander Zverev, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner against Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

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Leander Paes and Adil Shamsdin clinch Ilkey Challenger title

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamsdin clinched the men's doubles title at the Aegon IIkley Challenger Trophy on Saturday. The top seeds defeated local wild card entrants Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-2, [10-8] to clinch the trophy.

The match was evenly poised till the end with the UK pair outclassing the Indo-Canadian duo in the first set. The second set though was the complete opposite as the 44-year Indian and his teammate turned things around impressive.

The decisive match tiebreak went to the wire, with both the pairs trying hard to take a lead. The duo of Paes and Shamsdin took a slender lead to clinch the set and the trophy.

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