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Dominic Stricker (ATP 111) was stopped in the semifinals of the Next Gen Finals in Milan. The 20-year-old student of Bern lost 1:4, 3:4 (4:7), 4:2, 1:4 to Czech Jiří Lehečka, who was 37 positions better. 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.
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.
Points, no – money, yes
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.
Radio SRF 1, November 9, 2022, bulletin from 6:30; pro/sda
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