German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff was having quite a week in Stuttgart but even that wasn't enough for the 29-year-old to finally make his maiden final and potentially win his first singles title. Struff's hopes of making a splash in Stuttgart came to an end in the semifinal as the German failed to come up big when it mattered most against Italian Matteo Berrettini, who claimed a 6-4 7-5 win.
Struff cruised past his first three matches in Stuttgart as he impressively claimed three straight-set wins over No. 8 seed Denis Shapovalov, Serb Miomir Kecmanovic and 2017 Stuttgart champion Lucas Pouille respectively -- all while not getting broken not even once in those three matches.
After winning his first few service games easily against Berrettini, Struff was threatening to break the Italian in the fourth game but failed to do so as he blew his two break points by hitting two unforced errors. The match changed from that moment as Berrettini looked as the more confident and stronger player as he was easily winning his service games and constantly threatening to break Struff.
We will never know what would have happened had Struff broken Berrettini in the fourth game, but one thing is certain -- the German will feel deeply disappointed for missing out on a great chance to end a great week with a title.
Stuttgart appeared to be a perfect opportunity for Struff to lift his maiden ATP title as the German would have probably entered the final as the favorite to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime.