Tennis pro Oscar Otte clearly missed the round of 16 at the grass classic in Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old from Cologne lost in the third round on Friday to up-and-coming Carlos Alcaraz 3: 6, 1: 6, 2: 6 and at times received a lesson from the Spaniard.

After just 98 minutes, the 19-year-old converted his first match point.

"I don't know what happened.

But that was definitely nothing today,” said Otte about a “match to forget”.

"I didn't make it difficult for him at all, so he was able to break free."

Wimbledon without German men

This eliminated the last of seven German tennis players in the men's competition.

In the absence of the injured Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, Otte was the German number one in the men's at Wimbledon and was seeded in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

Alcaraz had a lot more trouble in his five-set win against Warsteiner Jan-Lennard Struff, but is slowly playing in top form on the unfamiliar grass surface.

"In the end he rolled over it, I didn't even know what to do," said Otte.

"He's played well.

It would also have been difficult if I had shown my best tennis.

But I made it way too easy for him that way.”

Otte hopes for Zverev's return

The Spaniard Alcaraz meets the Italian Jannik Sinner in the round of 16.

Then there could be a possible duel with number one seeded Novak Djokovic from Serbia.

Meanwhile, Otte hopes that the injured Zverev will return in time for the US Open and the Davis Cup.

"I haven't heard anything yet.

There's still a bit of time until then, of course it would be good if he was there.

Of course, that strengthens our team enormously,” said Otte on the intermediate round of the team competition from September 14th to 18th in Hamburg.

"Hopefully he'll get fit again soon."

Zverev twisted his right foot in the semifinals at the French Open almost a month ago and tore all three lateral ligaments in his right ankle, which led to an operation.

The US Open in New York, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, begins on August 29th.

Almost two weeks ago, Zverev declared that he had not yet ticked off a start in New York.

"But I won't be one who plays immediately if he's ready for it the first second.

If I play the US Open, it's not for one or two rounds, but to win it," said the 25-year-old from "Bild am Sonntag".

“I won't come back until I'm in this shape.

I don't know if it will be the US Open, because I have to play one or two tournaments before that."