Out against Čech Leheček
Stricker fails in the semifinals of the Next Gen Finals
Swiss tennis pro Dominic Stricker (ATP 111) is stopped in the semi-finals of the Next Gen Finals, the ATP Under-21 Masters. The 20-year-old student from Bern is defeated 37 positions higher by Czech Jiří Leheček 1:4, 3:4 (4:7), 4:2, 1:4.
Imbalance: Switzerland’s Dominic Stricker fails to reach the semi-finals of the Next Gen Finals in Milan after three group wins.
The Next Gen Finals in Milan are played to three winning sets, but only four games per set. In the preliminary round, Stricker won all three games, but against Leheck, who was a year older than him, he got off to a cold start and had to surrender his second game on serve. In the format with short sentences, it was impossible to keep up.
Stricker is not Alcaraz’s successor
The win of the third set was only a brief flash, at the beginning of the fourth Stricker fell sharply again. So he will not succeed the last winners Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In the world rankings, Stricker does not benefit from the exploit in Lombardy, as no ATP points can be earned in this U21 Masters tournament. He earned $166,250 including the inaugural fee. That’s more than half his previous career high. (SDA)