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Tennis: After rain: Struff finishes Wimbledon match only on Saturday

Tennis: After rain: Struff finishes Wimbledon match only on Saturday
Tennis: After rain: Struff finishes Wimbledon match only on Saturday

Tennis pro Jan-Lennard Struff will have to be very patient at Wimbledon. His match will last two days.

Davis Cup player Jan-Lennard Struff will not finish his third round match at Wimbledon until Saturday. Four hours after the match was interrupted in the afternoon due to rain, the organizers scheduled the match against Russian tennis pro Daniil Medvedev as the second match on Court 2. The match will continue with the score at 1:6, 3:6, 6:4, 1:1 from the Sauerland player’s perspective.

Struff under pressure

In order to pull off the surprise and reach the round of 16 as he is hoping for, Struff must turn the set deficit around and win two more sets. Olympic champion Alexander Zverev will also be playing on Saturday to reach the round of the best 16. The Hamburg native will be playing against Briton Cameron Norrie for the first time at this Wimbledon edition on Centre Court (2.30 p.m. CEST/Prime).

Struff also began his match against Medvedev on Court 2 on Friday, and football pro Mats Hummels was also sitting in the stands during the Dortmund fan’s match. At the beginning, Struff had no chance and played with significantly more errors than the 2021 US Open winner. Especially at the beginning, the German number two could not find his rhythm. Struff only won his first game when the score was already 0:5. After just 21 minutes, the first set was gone.

Rain break and long wait

After falling behind in a set, the underdog got into the match a little better. However, he often found no way to beat the skilful and cool Russian world number five. In addition, he was initially unable to rely on his strong serve as he had in previous matches. Shortly after Struff won the third set, the match was interrupted due to the rain and then postponed in the evening.

“You have to be very patient with the weather. You have to be prepared to wait sometimes,” Struff had said earlier when asked what it takes to be successful at Wimbledon: “You have to prepare yourself mentally for the fact that it is just the way it is, that you can’t change it.” Struff has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon.

Source: Stern

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