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Sugita stuns Thiem in Halle after Nishikori exits

AFP, HALLE, Germany

“It was not easy, he [Muller] broke me in the beginning of the match and served out the first set,” said Cilic, who is a genuine threat on grass. “I managed to keep my composure and managed to serve well... It’s last year’s form, it continued this year, grass suits me greatly for my game, my shots hitting flat and deep through the court and serving well.”

Cilic was champion at Queen’s Club in 2012 and runner-up in 2013. He came close at Wimbledon last year, losing to Roger Federer due to bad blisters in the final.

Fifth-seeded Querrey, Queen’s Club winner in 2010, beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (7/3), 6-1.

The big-serving American won in just less than two hours against Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam singles champion. The first two sets were even, but Querrey ran away with the decider to set up a meeting with Cilic at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Wawrinka has yet to find his top form after a double knee operation, but said he must be patient.

“For sure, I’m sad and frustrated, because I need to win matches, I want to win matches and I want more. That’s for sure,” the Swiss said. “But there is a lot to take in the right way, and I’m sure if I can, as I say, keep doing the right things day by day, building on this and keep trying to improve, the results will come. I need to be patient with that.”

Frances Tiafoe beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with Jeremy Chardy, who beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

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