Jan-Lennard Struff is the first German to reach the quarterfinals at this year’s MercedesCup.
The world’s no. 38 had no problems defeating 19-year old Miomir Kecmanovic from Serbia 6-2, 6-2. After only 58 minutes, Struff converted his second match ball. Kecmanovic was only able to hold his own at the beginning of both sets, but Struff’s game was just too powerful resulting in two breaks in each set. “I’m very happy with how I played, but the result is a bit too much. If I don’t save the break ball at 1-2 in the second set such a match on grass can easily turn”, said Struff at the press conference after the match. He will meet Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals. Pouille ousted Russian number 3 seed Daniil Medvedev 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-2.
Raonic through to quarterfinals
In the first match of the day on the Centercourt Canadian Milos Raonic (6) ousted French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets 6-4, 6-7(5)7-6(1). One break was all it took for the Canadian in the first set. Both players were untouchable in the second set which ultimately had to be decided in a tie-break, where Tsonga kept the upper hand 7-5. Fans saw a similar picture in the third set, but this time the Canadian stayed focus jumping to a quick 6-1 lead and converting his first match ball. “I am happy to have at least one more match after having won two tough ones in the first rounds”, said Raonic who is coming back from an injury. “I take it day to day, but I’m still not at 100 percent.”
At the same time, yet another three-set thriller was under way on the Mercedes Court, where number 4 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) battled with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The Georgian took the first set in the tie-break, but Fucsovics turned the tide in the second and thanks to a late break also took the third and, thus, the match 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5.