Victory against Medvedev: Struff was surprised at Hall
German tennis professionals celebrated great success on the second day at Halle. Struff, in particular, was not far from his homeland. Now he is only a winner from a special fight.
H.alle / Westphalia (dpa) – John-Leonard Struff’s only win from a fight with record champion Roger Federer in a lawn match in Halle, Westphalia.
The 31-year-old Warsteiner won the first round against Russian Daniel Medvedev 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 3, thus continuing his strong performance at the French Open in Paris. In the hall, Germany’s number two will now meet qualified Marcos Krone from the United States. Then it might come to a fight with Federer.
“It will definitely be a dream,” Struff openly admitted. “I definitely like to play,” Struff said. Against Medvedev, the Davis Cup professional showed a determined performance and did not mix in the opening set in the first set. “I stayed in it, it was important,” Struff said. At 4: 5 he managed the break again and blocked a set ball from the Russians. At the tie-break, the German used his third set ball himself.
Struff gave up the first match point
Medvedev is now increasingly angry and has joined a mob in anger. Struff used the second weakest point in the world rankings and quickly moved to 5: 1. But then he started to get a little nervous and hesitant. Struff missed his first match point and the Russians came back to 3: 5. “I thought briefly about Paris when I gave up seven sets and gave up 5: 1 against Diego Swartzman,” Struff admitted. But this time he put an end to his nerve and changed his third match point after 1:33 hours. “I am very happy,” said World No. 45.
Senior Philip Coleschreiber also gave the tournament a successful start. The 37-year-old from Augsburg defeated Austrian qualifier Jurij Rodionov 6: 4, 6: 3 in his opening match. In the second round, the goalscorer will now face Frenchman Corinthian Moutet.
“The draw may have been too hard, but you have to get used to it,” Golschreiber said. They were able to celebrate two wins in a row after a long absence at the French Open. “It gave me confidence, it’s so important on the grass because everything goes so fast,” Bavarian said.
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