“It was a very close match. I served very well and always stayed at it,” said Struff after the match: “In the second set I kept my level and showed no weakness. The 3-1 game was extremely important.” In the second round, Struff meets Marcos Giron (USA). “It will be another match, but it will definitely be difficult again,” he said.
Even experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) is one lap further. The 37-year-old defeated the Austrian Jurij Rodionov 6: 4, 6: 3. After just over an hour, he converted his second match point. In the round of 16, Kohlschreiber has to play against Corentin Moutet (France). At the French Open in Paris he missed the third round of 16 of his career after a strong run.
After the match, Kohlschreiber announced that he would also compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8). “I want to use my protected ranking position to start at the Olympics. I am registered by the German Tennis Association and am currently the fourth German starter in question,” he said.
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Struff had to give up his second service game against Medvedev, but as a result the French Open round of 16 improved and made a break in turn. In the tie-break, Struff got the upper hand and took the first set.
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Medvedev was increasingly annoyed by the stubborn resistance of the outsider in the second movement. The 25-year-old, who won the ATP Finals for the first time in November, failed to pull off his usual dominant attacking game. Struff, on the other hand, kept cheering himself on after winning rallies and got his next break when the score was 3: 1.
In the afternoon, the German top player Alexander Zverev intervenes in the tournament. The Hamburger meets Dominik Koepfer (Furtwangen) in the German duel. Grand Slam record winner Roger Federer (Switzerland) defeated Ilya Iwaschka (Belarus) at the beginning. Federer could meet Struff in the quarter-finals and Zverev (No. 3) in the semifinals.
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