Canada’s former Wimbledon finalist, Milos Raonic was drawn to play a semifinal match against his compatriot, Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals of Stuttgart Open 2019, but before the battle of the Canadians could take place, the World Number 18, Milos Raonic withdrew from the tournament due to an injury.
His back was giving him a tough time during his first round match in Stuttgart and he also availed a medical time out for the same, so maybe due to his back problems Milos Raonic withdrew from the semifinal match.
🗣 @milosraonic: "It's hard for me to accept this situation but it is how it is.
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The former World Number three, Milos Raonic played his first tournament since the Miami Open 2019 in March and at Indian Wells 2019 he fell to the eventual champion, Dominic Thiem in three sets.
Raonic mentioned about the grass-courts are his favourite surfaces and he enjoys swinging his racquets on the turf. He skipped this year’s clay season due to knee problems which he faced during the American swing.
In Stuttgart, Milos Raonic eliminated Alexei Popyrin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marton Fucsovics to reach the semifinals, but now Felix Auger-Aliassime reaches the third ATP final of the season as his countryman pulled out from the ATP 250 grass court event in Germany. The Canadian sensations last met at Indian Wells 2018 and back then Raonic won in straight sets.
The Mercedes Cup 2019 finals will be the first ATP final match on grass for the 18-year-old, Auger-Aliassime and the youngster will now meet Matteo Berrettini from Italy to play for the first ATP title of his career. Berrettini knocked out the German, Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets in the semifinals of Stuttgart Open 2019.
Felix Auger-Aliassime previously played an exciting quarterfinal match against, Germany’s Dustin Brown who took out the top-seed Alexander Zverev in the round-of-16. The seventh seed, Auger-Aliassime held a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 victory over the tennis entertainer, Brown in two and a half hours. Auger-Aliassime missed French Open 2019 due to a groin injury which happened in Lyon.
Milos Raonic was expecting the match with his compatriot to be a tough one. “He’s been playing well these first six months. Hopefully, I can have a chance to find the solution to the Felix problem,” he said after his quarterfinal victory.