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" Very disappointed": Struff loses his first final

Jan-Lennard Struff reaches an end game at the ATP tournament in Munich for the first time, but the dream of the first victory is not fulfilled.

Jan-Lennard Struff was bitterly disappointed, although he wore a black mask at the victory ceremony. For the first time he had reached the end game of an ATP tournament –but the dream of the first title after eight years on the tour did not come true.

“I am very disappointed that I would have very, very much liked to have won in Germany,” he confirmed after a contested 4:6:7 (5:7) in the final of Munich, In which Nikolsz Basilashvili from Georgia was still the better man.

“I gave it all,” stressed Struff, but his opponent left him virtually no chance: a single breakball stood the 35th of the world ranking list and defended him. “He served brutally”, the 31-year-old Warstein.

At the same time he emphasized: “Nevertheless, it was a good week. Then Struff will already be at the Masters in Madrid, then 172. Starting to win a tournament.

Like his second round (6:4, 6:1) in the semi-finals against Zverev winner Ilia Ivashka (Belarus), Struff got a weak start. The 44 of the world ranking list lost the first eight points and did not return to the match against the strong Georgian. In the first sentence, Struff did not miss a breakball.

After a half-hour rain break at 2:4 in the first sentence, Struff changed his game plan slightly and moved more frequently to the net. But Basilashvili played a little more accurately, made fewer mistakes than the German number two. Only in the middle of the second set he allowed the first breakball, but Struff could not use it for 4:2, he did not get another chance. In the deep break Basilashvili remained sovereign.


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