Jan-Lennard Struff and Filip Krajinovic had contrasting routes into the BMW Open quarter-finals on Thursday. Home favourite Struff made it to the last eight of the clay-court tournament for the fourth time in his career with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (0-7), 6-2 triumph over German countryman Dominik Koepfer, who had little to celebrate on his 27th birthday in Munich.
Struff recovered from 4-2 down to take the first set and racked up four straight games to seal the deciding set. He served 11 aces and staved off five break points in a match lasting two hours and 39 minutes.
“I am very, very happy that I turned around the first set,” seventh seed Struff said in his on-court interview. “I played a not good second-set tie-break. Before [that] the set was okay, but I couldn’t lock into his service games that much. I am very happy that I broke him I the third set and I am very happy to be through. Dominik is a good guy and a very good player,” added Struff.
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Fourth seed Krajinovic stands in the way of Struff and a last-four berth, with the Serbian handed a walkover after last-16 opponent Yannick Hanfmann pulled out with a neck injury. Nikoloz Basilashvili, seeded fifth, defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-4, 6-2 to set up a last-eight clash with lucky loser Norbert Gombos, who overcame Federico Coria 6-4, 6-1.
At the Estoril Open there was a battle between music collaborators as top seed Denis Shapovalov faced off against Corentin Moutet. The duo were welcomed onto the court by the track ‘Drip’, which they released together last year. On the court, it was Frenchman Moutet who managed to snare an upset victory in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 triumph against the Canadian, to score a second top-20 win of the year.
“It was a very close match,” Moutet said. “I’m lucky that I won at the end. A few points decided the winner.”
Next up is Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Cameron Norrie outlasted wildcard Pedro Martinez 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 to book a quarter-final against second seed Cristian Garin, who never took to the court as opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew with a left adductor problem.