German tennis star Jan-Lennard Struff spoke positively of Serbian Filip Krajinovic following their clash at the BMW Open in Munich. Struff, ranked at No. 44 in the world, beat 2017 Paris Masters runner-up Krajinovic 6-4 4-6 7-6 (3) to reach the Munich semifinal.
Struff saved two break points in the seventh game, before claiming the first break of the match in the 10th game to win the opener. But Krajinovic quickly responded, having taken a 4-0 lead before serving out for a decider in the 10th game.
Struff was twice down by a break in the third set but recovered and ended up winning the match in a third-set tie-break. “It was a very, very hard match,” Struff said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“I expected a very tough match and a hard fight… In the end, I am very happy that I could reach my second semi-final in Munich”.
Struff’s wish didn’t come true
Struff plays next Ilya Ivashka, who recovered from a set down to stun No.
1 seed Alexander Zverev. “I would love to play [Zverev],” Struff said. “I wish him all the best for the match coming up now against Ivashka, who is a very good player. I would love to play Sascha here for the third time and try to beat him, because I lost twice against him here on Centre Court.
I hope that we have a German semi-final”. Elsewhere, Cameron Norrie beat Cristian Garin 3-6 7-5 6-3 to reach the Estoril Open quarterfinal. “Garin is always so tough on the clay and I think [it’s] one of my best wins ever on the clay,” Norrie said on-court.
“It was a battle. He came out a bit sharper than me. I managed to play a good return game in the second set to break there and held my nerve and played some of my best tennis of the week at the 3-2, 4-2 games.”