KARLSRUHE, June 9, 2019
The top two seeds of the Karlsruhe Open will go head-to-head in Sunday’s singles. Julian Lenz, the No. 1 of the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 clay-court event, and second favourite Andrea Pellegrino will compete for the title.
Lenz eased past fellow German Marvin Netuschil in the semi-finals, winning 6-1, 6-2. The World No. 377 in the ATP-Rankings converted five of his nine break point chances to advance in only 64 minutes.
Pellegrino had to fight harder beating No. 6 seeded Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux 7-5, 7-6(4). The 22-year-old Italian outpointed his opponent 86-77 to prevail after two hours and four minutes.
Lenz and Pellegrino will meet for the first time. The Italian is seeking his second title of the season, his sixth overall, following his triumph in Porec, Croatia. Lenz could lift his his third trophy on the ITF Pro Circuit, his first since 2017.
Also on Saturday, Boris Arias of Bolivia and US-American Korey Lovett clinched the doubles title.
The No. 3 seeds defeated the all-South-American combination of Alexander Merino of Peru and Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina 6-3, 7-6(4). The encounter lasted one hour and 13 minutes.
Saturday Singles Results
Andrea PELLEGRINO (ITA)  – Geoffrey BLANCANEAUX (FRA)  7:5 7:6
Julian LENZ (Giessen)  – Marvin NETUSCHIL (HAMM)  6:1 6:2