Oscar Otte missed a Wimbledon sensation against the two-time champion Andy Murray, but earned the enormous respect of the tennis world. The qualifier from Cologne forced the former world number one on the Center Court into an inspiring fight over five sets and in the end lost 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 4, 4: 6, 2: 6. The three-hour and 50-minute long encounter on Wednesday evening took place from the middle of the fourth movement with the roof closed and floodlights, so that it could still be ended.
“It was a really good match, a tough fight. I enjoyed every minute on the pitch. I can be satisfied, but I would have preferred a different result, ”said Otte. “I enjoyed the end, not the middle part,” said Murray. “What an atmosphere to play, I needed everyone’s help today.”
Koepfer reaches third round
In the last light of day in London, Dominik Koepfer had previously kept an overview and is in the third round of Wimbledon for the first time after a hard-won success. The 27-year-old beat Kwon Soon Woo from South Korea 6: 3, 6: 7 (8:10), 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7, 6: 3. After 3:54 hours, the German tennis professional turned his third match ball at 9:15 p.m. local time.
“I’ve played doubles with Kwon several times, he fights every match, there are no easy wins against him,” said Koepfer and was relieved to have finished. “To go to bed at 5: 4 – it would have been difficult to get a little sleep.” This Friday, the world number 62 hits. either on the eighth seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut or the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, whose game was postponed.
Ottes long resistance
When Koepfer was already cheering, Otte was taking a break so that the roof could be closed. The 151st in the world rankings acted bravely from the start. In the decisive moments, Murray first played out his much greater experience and repeatedly showed his long-known qualities as a counter player. But then Otte became an equal opponent and had two set balls in a 5-3 lead in the second round. Murray fended off both with a stop, the first still dripping from the edge of the net into the field.
A little later, however, the tall Rhinelander equalized with the full beard and even got a 2: 1 sentence lead. When the score was 2: 2 in the fourth set, there was the 15-minute break in which the lights were also switched on. When Murray served to equalize in a 5-3 lead, Otte, who left everything on the pitch as announced, managed a rebreak and then lost his service again to make it 4-6. Cheered on by the British fans on the 15,000-seat, but only half-filled seat, Murray, with his usual emotional appearance, added a break in the fifth set and ended the game with great praise.
After long-term health problems, Murray competes in the singles of Wimbledon for the first time in four years, where he won the title in 2013 and 2016. The two-time Olympic champion was also number one in the world, but is currently only in 118th place.
Koepfer’s long road to victory
Koepfer’s match was balanced, but also extremely changeable. The left-hander, who lives in the USA, and Kwon, who is nine places behind him in the world rankings, engaged in an intense exchange of blows. In a bizarre third set, Koepfer gambled away a 5-0 lead, but then kept his nerve in the tie-break. The 23-year-old Kwon again forced the sentence adjustment before it was almost too dark in the fifth round. But after a break, Koepfer managed to end the game and shouted his joy.
The German trio Angelique Kerber, Alexander Zverev and Andrea Petkovic also want to move into the third round this Thursday. Kerber, who was victorious in London in 2018, will play against the world number 50. Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain. The number four seeded Zverev gets to do with the American Tennys Sandgren, who is currently number 68 in the world. Andrea Petkovic meets the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, who recently surprisingly triumphed in singles and doubles at the French Open. A total of eleven German professionals started.
Djokovic is not naked
The tennis world number one Novak Djokovic survived his potentially difficult second round match without any problems. The 34-year-old Serb gave South African Kevin Anderson no chance at 6: 3, 6: 3, 6: 3.
Both had faced each other three years ago in the final of the Grand Slam tournament. Even then, Djokovic won smoothly against Anderson, who was tired of a marathon semi-final. After that, the now 35-year-old had two knee operations.
The former world number five was only equal in the initial phase. From 3: 3 in the first set, Djokovic pulled away, made the first break to 5: 3 and was clearly the stronger in the final phase of the second round.
Although Djokovic fell several times on the pitch as in his first match, after the next break to 5: 3 in the third round, he made the safe success perfect after 1:40 hours.
In the third round on Friday Djokovic will meet the American qualifier Denis Kudla.
The five-time Wimbledon champion would win his 20th title in a Grand Slam tournament with another success and thus draw level with the record holders Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic also has the chance to win the four most important Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold this year.