Struff Books Third Round Spot At Winston-Salem Open

Jan-Lennard Struff – photo: Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, August 21, 2018

Jan-Lennard Struff headlined Monday’s second round action at the Winston-Salem Open. The unseeded German knocked out the tournament’s No. 4 Marco Cecchinato 6-3, 6-4.

Struff, who finished runner-up on home soil at the Isar Open two weeks ago, sent down five aces, saved both break points he faced, converting two of his own to advance in one hour and eight minutes. Next up for the 28-year-old Warstein native will be Nicolás Jarry. The No. 14 seed from Chile beat Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3 in 66 minutes.

With US-Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul as well as Jaume Munar of Spain, three #NextGenATP players made a winning start into the ATP 250 tournament at Forest Wake Tennis Center. Fritz defeated Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-1, 6-4 to face No. 7 seed Filip Krajinovic in the second round.

Paul never faced a break point and fought past Laslo Djere of Serbia 6-3, 7-6(4) to take on eighth favourite Steve Johnson from the United States. Munar overcame Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur 7-6(5), 7-6(1) to set a clash with Russian young gun Andrey Rublev, who is seeded 11th.

Frenchman Julian Benneteau played his last match on the ATP World Tour. The 36-year-old from Boulugne-Billancourt lost to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3 and plans to retire from professional tennis after the US-Open.