Dominic Stricker defeats World No. 23 in Milan and is early in the knockout stages of the Next Gen Finals.
Dominic Stricker (ATP 111) also won his second group match at the Next Generation Finals in Milan. After the opening win against Jack Draper (ATP 41), the 20-year-old Swiss made his mark even ahead of the even better placed Lorenzo Musetti. An Italian woman of the same age is number 23 in the world.
The win against Musetti required a lot of hard work for Stricker and went 5 sets. Just shortly after midnight and almost 2:30 hours into the game, the Bern coup took place: 4: 3 (7: 5), 4: 3 (8: 6), 3: 4 (7: 9), 3: 4 (6: 8 ), 4:3 (7:3).
Stricker and a tie
Special: Of the 8 sets Stricker played in his two previous matches in Milan, all went to tie-breaks. After a 3-set win against Jack Draper, the Swiss was also on course to end the game in 3 sets against Musetti. He even missed a match point in the 3rd set. However, the Italian fought back vehemently – and successfully – against defeat.
Musetti secured rounds 3 and 4, with the only two breaks of the entire game coming in round 3. Otherwise, the respective server dominated the action. The tiebreaks were correspondingly tight.
A lucrative entry into the semi-finals
Stricker is soon in the semifinals after his two performances against Draper and Musetti. In the final match in the group, the 2020 French Open winner will face the juniors on Thursday (19:30) against Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-Hsin (ATP 90), who has lost his first two matches.
Stricker doesn’t earn any ATP points for his efforts, but he’s already earned $138,250 including the entry fee. That’s more than a third of his previous career earnings.