Otte Ousts Struff In Cologne

Oscar Otte (photo: bett1HULKS Indoors)

STARNBERG, October 12, 2020

German qualifier Oscar Otte headlined Monday’s first-round action at the bett1HULKS Indoors in his home town Cologne. The World No. 142 knocked out fellow German and No. 7 seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3 to celebrate his second match win on the ATP Tour.

Otte has been in great form since the re-start of the circuit. The 27-year-old finished runner-up at the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic last month and captured his second ATP Challenger career title at the Open Pays d’Aix in Southern France one week later. In his first meeting with Struff, Otte converted four of his eight break point chances and finished the encounter with his fifth ace after one hour and 18 minutes.

“This is my first tournament at home,” Cologne native Otte said. “I was really nervous at the beginning. I have been to some concerts here at the Lanxess Arena, now I am playing here on Center Court. This is amazing.

“It was a big win for me today. It is good for my confidence and I hope to stay some more days here in Cologne.”

Up next for Otte will be Radu Albot of Moldova, who fought past Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Zverev beats Millman

With little brother and the tournament’s top seed Alexander Zverev in attendance, Mischa Zverev also booked his spot in the second round. The German wild card entry beat John Millman from Australia 6-1, 6-4.

Zverev broke his opponent’s serve six times to advance after one hour and 18 minutes. The 33-year-old will next take on No. 6 seed Hubert Hurkacz. The World No. 31 from Poland edged past Australian lucky loser Marc Polmans 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 32 minutes.

The shot of the day, however, belongs to Polmans: