Kohlschreiber not outfaced, Struff didn’t use his chances

The dream of a German tournament winner lives on! Thanks to a good performance, Philipp Kohlschreiber followed Florian Mayer into the quarter finals of the German Open 2017. While Kohlschreiber won his rubber against Gilles Simon in three sets, Jan-Lennard Struff blew his big chance.

The 5000 spectators on the “Centre Court of the World” got to see a match of two true ‘stylists’ between Kohlschreiber and Gilles Simon. In the new edition of Hamburg’s round of last sixteen in 2014, Kohlschreiber got off to a better start and in the third game caused the Frenchman to despair due to his high top spin shots and the early break. The player from Augsburg was highly focussed, even mixed it up more than his opponent und captured the opening set 6-3 after 35 minutes. However, in the second set, the German Davis Cup player lost his focus a little, lacked the necessary straightforwardness and made far too many mistakes. Although he was able to break back after the early break he lost the second set. “Actually, the second set also wasn’t too bad. But Gilles made the big points in that set. I think we both played a great match and had to do a lot of footwork. Especially with the first and third set I am very happy,” Kohlschreiber analysed after the almost two-hour duel. In the deciding phase, the German was more consistent – especially in using his break chances – and swiftly embarked on the winner road to victory. After 121 minutes, the 33-year old player converted his first match point. It is his fourth Rothenbaum quarter finals in the last five years.

Jan-Lennar Struff, however, vented his emotions after the match. When leaving the “Centre Court of the World”, Germany’s number three player was so disappointed that he smashed his racket on a pole. Before, the player from Warstein had been defeated in two sets by the lucky loser Leonardo Mayer. Early in the first set, Struff had to accept losing his serve. It took the 27-year old too long to find his rhythm, whilst making too many unforced errors from the baseline and thus losing the first set 6-2.

The second set was much more balanced and Struff, who is ranked number 54, even had two chances to break his opponent’s serve to get the set. However, he wasn’t able to convert any of these chances and it came as it was bound to happen. The Hamburg winner of 2014 captured the only break of the set after Struff didn’t use some big chances. Mayer won the match 6-2 and 7-5. It had been Jan-Lennard Struff’s chance to make it to the quarter finals of such a bug tournament for the first time – thus, his big disappointment is comprehensible. What a shame “Struffi”, it could have turned out differently!

Meanwhile, Federico Delbonis once again gave proof that Hamburg Rothenbaum is one of his favourite tournaments on the ATP World Tour. It is the second time since 2013 that the Argentinean played his way from the qualies into the quarters. Delbonis took revenge for his first-round defeat in Bastad the previous week and won his rubber 7-5 and 6-3. After his successful tournament in Sweden, Ferrer didn’t have the necessary punch in the decisive phases and even lost his serve six times. Unexpectedly, Nicolas Kicker also made it to the quarter finals. The second Argentinean in the quarter finals, who had previously beaten Tommy Haas and lately disposes of an Austrian passport entitling him to play for the red-white-red Davis Cup team, captured one more point than Benoit Paire and won the duel 6-4, 7-6(7). Jiri Vesely celebrate a convincing two-set victory who, after his 6-4, 6-4 win against Horacio Zeballos still hasn’t lost one set in three matches.