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European Open: Qualifier Stricker upsets seeded Van De Zandschulp, Gasquet next

20-year-old Dominic Stricker will play Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the next round

Dominic Stricker, 2021 Dominic Stricker in Gstaad, 2021

Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker advanced to the second round of the European Open by defeating Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, the No 7 seed, 6-2, 6-4 at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp on Tuesday afternoon.

The 20-year-old Stricker, a former French Open junior champion in singles and doubles and now ranked No 136 among the pros, will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet next.

The win moves Stricker to 10th place in the Race To Milan for the ATP NextGen Finals, which features the top eight players aged 21 and under. The tournament will be held in Milan from 8-12 November.

Antwerp ATP 250, first-round results (Lotto Arena, EUR 648.130, most recent results first):

  • Yoshihito Nishioka (8) beat Luca Van Assche (Q): 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
  • Constant Lestienne beat Jesper De Jong (Q): 6-3, 6-4
  • Jaume Munar beat Tim van Rijthoven (Q): 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
  • Richard Gasquet beat Stan Wawrinka (WC): 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
  • Daniel Evans (5) beat Tallon Griekspoor: 6-3, 6-4
  • Jack Draper beat Jenson Brooksby: 6-1, 6-2
  • Michael Geerts vs. Dominic Thiem
  • Marcos Giron vs. Sebastian Korda
  • Manuel Guinard vs. Geoffrey Blancaneaux
  • Gilles Arnaud Bailly vs. David Goffin
  • Marc-Andrea Huesler vs. Francisco Cerundolo

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