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Jan-Lennard Struff is causing quite a stir. © APA/afp / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

“It’s crazy”: A lucky loser amazes the tennis world

The German Jan-Lennard Struff continues to cause a sensation in Madrid. For the first time he is in the final of one of the most important tournaments. The currently best player in the world is waiting there.

Jan-Lennard Struff, number 65 in the world, continued his impressive winning streak at the Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid and completely surprisingly reached the final. The 33-year-old tennis professional from Germany won his semi-final against the Russian Aslan Karatsev 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 on Friday evening and is in the final of a tennis tournament in the second highest category for the first time. Struff converted his fifth match point after 2:18 hours.

"It's crazy. I never expected that,” said Struff. In qualifying, Struff clearly lost in two sets against Karatsev. Only as a so-called lucky loser did he make it into the main field of the clay court event worth 8,796 million euros and took advantage of his chance. In the quarter-finals, Struff had already surprised with a win against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Struff is the first lucky loser to reach the final of a Masters 1000 tournament.

In the final on Sunday he will face the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. The number one seeded top favorite clearly won his semi-final against Croatian Borna Coric 6:4, 6:3. “Of course it will be very difficult. But I'm looking forward to it and will try everything. Otherwise I have no chance,” said Struff.


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