Struff wins second Challenger title within three weeks

Jan-Lennard Struff wins the title in Orleans (photo: Open d’Orleans)

ORLEANS, October 4, 2015

Jan-Lennard Struff continues his winning streak on the ATP Challenger Tour, claiming the title at the 11th edition of the € 106,500 Open d’Orleans.

The 25-year-old German, who lifted the trophy on the clay courts in Szczecin two weeks ago, defeated second seed Jerzy Janowicz in Sunday’s final, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Final Orleans

Final Orleans

In his first indoors event since Davis Cup in March this year, Struff fired 13 aces and won 70% of his first service points to capture his second title of the season after one hour and 50 minutes. The world number 136 from Warstein gained his third career title on the ATP Challenger Tour and takes away € 15,300 in prize money as well as 125 ATP ranking points. It has also been the second title for Struff since he has started his partnership with Carsten Arriens. Germany’s former Davis Cup captain became his coach ahead of the US-Open in August.

The finalists: Jan-Lennard Struff and Jerzy Janowicz (photo: tournament website)

The finalists: Jan-Lennard Struff and Jerzy Janowicz (photo: tournament Website)

“It was a very tough match. The first set was with high intensity. At 5-5 I got the break and then I lost the set. I was twice a break down but managed to stay in the match. In the end it’s not important how I won, only that I was able to win,” told Struff afterwards. “I was more aggressive and served pretty well and I always believed that I could win,” the German added and will travel to Mons on Sunday night facing Marcel Granollers in the opening round.

Earlier the day, French pair of Tristan Lamasine and Fabrice Martin captured the doubles title, winning 6-4, 7-6 against British top-seeds Ken and Neil Skupski in one hour and 12 minutes.

Doubles ceremony Orleans (photo: tournament website)

Doubles ceremony Orleans (photo: tournament website)