Dominik Koepfer twisted his ankle in the first game against defending champion Carlos Alcaraz. After an hour, the outsider has to give up. The evening also ended disappointingly for another German.
The hope for the big surprise coup at the US Open only lasted eight rallies for Dominik Koepfer. The 29-year-old suffered a bad ankle injury in the first round of the first round duel with the Spanish defending champion Carlos Alcaraz.
After that, the world number 75 moved. no longer round and had no chance with a bandaged left ankle. After an hour, Koepfer gave up at a score of 2: 6, 2: 3 because of the problems.
Probably a torn ligament
He probably tore a ligament, reported Koepfer from an initial diagnosis. But nothing was broken. “I knew: That’s it,” he said of the twisting moment. “But when you play in front of more than 20,000 spectators, against the world number one, for the first time on Ashe, you definitely don’t give up immediately.”
“We have to give him credit, hopefully we’ll see him back on the pitch soon,” said world number one Alcaraz in the winner’s interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 20-year-old now meets South African Lloyd Harris in the second round.
Defeat for Hanfmann
For the second German tennis pro, his first round game under floodlights ended disappointingly with a clear defeat. Yannick Hanfmann (31) clearly lost 3:6, 1:6, 1:6 to the sixth seeded Italian Jannik Sinner.
This means that there are still two German tennis players in the men’s individual competition at the Grand Slam tournament in New York. After their first round victories, Olympic champions Alexander Zverev and Daniel Altmaier will meet in a duel between the Davis Cup teammates on Thursday.
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