Swiss talent Stricker, as well as local heroes Hanfmann and Gojowczyk move on to next round.
What a day for 18-year old wildcard player Dominic Stricker from Switzerland: The world’s no. 335 beat Radu Albot (MDA/Q), who is ranked 250 spots better than Stricker, thanks to strong nerves twice in the tie-break (7/4, 7/5) to advance to the next round. Said Stricker afterwards: “It was great, I enjoyed every second on the court. I felt great in the tie-breaks and always believed that I was in control of the match.” In the next round he will face quite a different caliber in Hubert Hurkacz. The man from Poland won his first ATP-Masters-1000 tournament in Miami this year and is currently the world’s no. 20. “I will give my best and hopefully I can make life tough for him”, said Stricker.
Successful start for Germany’s tennis stars into the second day of the MercedesCup main draw. Yannick Hanfmann (ATP no. 96), entering the main draw thanks to a wild card, opened the action on the centercourt with a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets win over veteran Frenchman Jeremy Chardy (ATP 60). Chardy has one ATP title on his resume – the title here in Stuttgart in 2009. Back then, the tournament was still played on clay. This match was followed by a thrilling three-set match in which qualifier Peter Gojowczyk was already down one set against “lucky loser” Ilva Ivashka, but was able to turn the momentum and take the match in three sets 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
This match was followed by qualifier Peter Gojowczyk who had to make up a 1-0 set lead of “lucky loser” Ilya Ivashka (BLR/90), but finally managed to come through in three sets 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Gojowczyk: “It was tough today because I thought I was going to play against John Millman. I learned only 30 minutes before the match that I would face a lucky loser. The key for me today was that I started to move around the court better from the second set on.”
Also advancing to the next round are Sam Querrey (USA/ATP 67) with a straight sets win over Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek and Australian Jordan Thompson (ATP 64) who beat Guido Pella (ARG/61) also in straight sets. For number 7 seeded Frenchman Adrian Manarino the tournament is already over as he was ousted by Australian qualifier James Duckworth in two quick sets.