For Jan-Lennard Struff, the French Open is already over
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Jan-Lennard Struff shuffled exhausted and disappointed from Court 13 of the French Open: Even before Alexander Zverev's first appearance, all hopes burst for the highest-seeded and most in-form German professional. Tatjana Maria also packed her things in frustration after a day of use. Daniel Altmaier and Anna-Lena Friedsam, on the other hand, had reason to be satisfied.
Altmaier convincingly prevailed 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 4 against the Swiss Marc-Andrea Hüsler and received praise from Boris Becker. "It wasn't to be expected that he would win it in three sets. He did a good job," said the six-time Grand Slam winner on the Eurosport microphone. It's a shame from a German point of view," Becker said, on the other hand, that Struff had to congratulate the Czech Jiri Lehecka after 3:12 hours 5: 7, 6: 1, 3: 6, 6: 3, 1: 6.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Maria conceded a 0-6, 1-6 defeat to Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in Paris. "A defeat like that definitely hurts. She didn't let me get into the game at all," Maria said. Maria narrowly escaped the maximum penalty of going home without winning the game. Friedsam did better in her 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Japan's Nao Hibino.
Solvable task for Zverev
Zverev has a task that can be solved on paper today (13 p.m. / TV: Eurosport). Against the 294th in the world rankings, Lloyd Harris from South Africa, the Olympic champion, who has recently been out of form, wants to take the first step towards his old strength one year after his serious ankle injury at the same place.
Oscar Otte and Jule Niemeier had already failed on Sunday at their respective opening hurdles. After a disappointing performance, Otto, who had recently been out of form, had to admit defeat to Grand Slam debutant Alexander Shevchenko from Russia in four sets - Wimbledon quarter-finalist Niemeier despaired of her serve and lost 3: 6, 4: 6 against the favored top ten player Darja Kassatkina.
Grand Slam record winner Novak Djoković, on the other hand, did not show any nakedness on Monday. Against the debutant Aleksandar Kovacevic, the Serb only had problems in the third set and finally won 6: 3, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 1). Tournament co-favorite Carlos Alcaraz followed suit and won against Italian Flavio Cobolli 6-0, 6-2, 7-5.