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Dominic Stricker earns his third ATP Tour win with a straight-sets victory on Wednesday against Radu Albot.

18-Year-Old Stricker Sets Hurkacz Clash In Stuttgart

The Swiss defeats Albot in straight sets

Dominic Stephan Stricker continues to impress on the ATP Tour.

Just three weeks ago, the 18-year-old Swiss reached the quarter-finals on his tour-level debut in Geneva. On Wednesday, he advanced to the second round of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) triumph against Moldovan Radu Albot.

“The first match on grass is always tricky. We didn’t have a grass season last year and it was difficult,” Stricker said. “But I had a great and long preparation at my base in Biel where we have a grass court. I felt well on court, but it’s always a different feeling on this surface.”

Stricker, who is a wild card at this German ATP 250 event, hit 10 aces and saved four of the six break points he faced to advance after two hours and four minutes. The teen will next play second seed Hubert Hurkacz, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title earlier this year in Miami.

“I’m very thankful that I received the wild card here. It is a beautiful event and very well organised,” Stricker said. “I will give my best and try to go as far as I can.”

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Two Germans moved on at home, with qualifier Peter Gojowczyk ousting Belarusian lucky loser Ilya Ivashka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and wild card Yannick Hanfmann beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4.

Two Aussies also advanced to the second round, as qualifier James Duckworth beat seventh seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 and Jordan Thompson eliminated Argentine Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4.

Hurkacz/Kubot Advance In Doubles
Hubert Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot reached the doubles quarter-finals in Stuttgart with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.

Hurkacz posted on Instagram that in 2006 he was a ballboy for Kubot. They first competed together at this year's ATP Cup, but this was the Polish team's first win.