Struff misses coup – Niemeier and Marterer continue
Jan-Lennard Struff is on the verge of great success in the first round of Wimbledon. In the end, Carlos Alcaraz lacks strength. Two other German tennis pros advance for the first time.
Sensation just missed by Jan-Lennard Struff, premiere victories for Jule Niemeier and Maximilian Marterer: The German tennis professionals set several warning signs at the start of the grass classic in Wimbledon.
After a great fight and a strong performance, Struff had to admit defeat to the young Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz in the first round 6: 4, 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 7 (3: 7), 4: 6 and knocked out the world number Seventh appreciatively on the back.
Struff conceded the decisive break to 4: 5 in the fifth set, Alcaraz, number five, converted his second match point after 4:10 hours. “He played very well,” Alcaraz praised his opponent after he had been greeted with great applause by the spectators on Court 1.
Struff defeated Alcaraz in the first round of the French Open last year. After winning four tournaments this year alone, the 19-year-old Spaniard has a completely different status and is currently seventh in the world rankings.
Niemeier won the Grand Slam tournament for the first time
The 22-year-old Dortmund player defeated the Chinese Xiyu Wang 6: 1, 6: 4 after just 73 minutes and thus celebrated her first victory ever in a Grand Slam tournament. Marterer defeated the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene after 3:04 hours 4:6, 7:5, 6:4, 7:5 and was not discouraged by two longer breaks in the rain. “It feels incredible, I wouldn’t have expected that before the tournament,” said the man from Nuremberg, who had fought his way through qualification. For Marterer, it was his first win at Wimbledon when he took part in the second main round.
However, Struff narrowly failed in his first second round entry since 2019. The fracture of his big toe, which had stopped him for more than two months this year, was not noticeable for a long time. In view of the “brutally difficult task” he had announced before the game that he would deliver a “monster fight” – and Struff kept his word.
Especially with his up to 218 km/h fast serve and crashing forehands, he put his opponent under pressure at the beginning and kept his nerve in numerous tight moments. Struff fended off four breakballs in the first set and celebrated the set ball converted by an ace with an outstretched fist in the direction of his appendix in the stands.
Struff lacks strength in muggy conditions
The rain pounded on the closed roof, and both players were not discouraged by the sometimes humid conditions. In the second set, Alcaraz was able to take the serve from Struff for the first time and repeatedly presented him with problems as the game progressed with strong passing balls. In the end, Struff also visibly lacked the strength.
The world rankings-97. Niemeier dominated her game against Wang at the beginning and remained sovereign even with increasing resistance from her opponent in the second set. Niemeier now faces an extremely difficult task and meets Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who is number two. Last year she narrowly missed her first leap into the Wimbledon main draw.