French Open: Jan-Lennard Struff bites his teeth against Diego Schwartzman

“I’m mega, mega angry that I didn’t win the first set,” said angrily Struff in an exclusive interview with Eurosport. “From my point of view, the match was very bitter.”

The first sentence developed into a thriller that had it all. At first it looked like a clear matter for Struff.

The 31-year-old got into the game very well, bought Schwartzman’s edge and was already leading 5: 1. “It is not enough what the Argentine has been doing so far,” judged Eurosport expert Markus Zoecke.

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But that changed suddenly.

Schwartzman came from 1: 5 to 5: 5, while Struff dropped no less than six (!) Set balls.

And also in the tiebreak the world number 42. not using a set ball.

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So it happened as it had to: Schwartzman kept the upper hand with 11: 9 and grabbed the lead after 66 minutes.

The tenth in the world rankings also showed enormous coolness in the decisive phases of the game in the second set. First Schwartzman made up for the deficit after losing the service game to 1: 2, then he struck in the tenth game and got the 6: 4.

“Struff would have deserved significantly more”

The momentum was now clearly on the side of the South American, who opened the third set with an “intermediate sprint” to make it 3-0. “The result is too clear. Struff would have deserved a lot more here, especially in the first set,” said the former Davis Cup player Zoecke.

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Struff seemed to have heard, put everything in again and turned a 0: 4 into a 4: 4. The audience cheered on the Warsteiner passionately because of his fighting spirit.

After three hours and two minutes, Struff had to admit defeat after Schwartzman made the break to 7: 5.

“I knew that I had the weapons to hurt him. I should have won the first set and then went into the second with a good feeling,” said Struff, analyzing the outcome.

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