German tennis star Jan-Lennard Struff couldn't hide his happiness after stunning world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on the grass courts of Halle. Struff, ranked at No. 45 in the world, handed a 7-6 (6) 6-3 defeat to top-seeded Medvedev in the Halle first round.
Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game but failed to serve out for the opener in the ninth game, Struff saved a set point in the 12th game, before converting his third set point to win a tight opener.
The two players were tied at 1-1 in the second set before Struff claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 5-1 lead. Medvedev got one break back but Struff served out for the match in the ninth game. "This is the biggest win — [FedEx ATP] Rankings wise — of my career and to do it here on home soil is very special,” said Struff.
“I live only an hour from here. “He served for the [first] set at 6-5 and twice went for an ace on a second serve and I put returns in at 30/30 and 30/40. I then played a very good tie-break and at 5-1 up in the second set, I thought about being up 5-1 last week against Diego Schwartzman [in the Roland Garros fourth round].
I lost the set in the tie-break, after having seven set points, so it was definitely in my head. It’s not something you can get out of your head easily”.
Struff got his revenge
"Last time in Cincinnati [at the 2019 Western & Southern Open], Medvedev killed me 6-2, 6-1, it was really tough,” said Struff.
"I didn’t know how to play him. It is better to play him on grass rather than hard courts. I have a good game for grass and I like to come in. The wins at Roland Garros definitely gave me a confidence boost”.