Oscar Otte beat Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16 at the grass court tournament in Stuttgart. Jan-Lennard Struff did not manage to turn around the duel against Lorenzo Sonego, which was abandoned yesterday.

The Cologne tennis professional Oscar Otte caused a surprise at the ATP tournament in Stuttgart and reached the quarter-finals. The 28-year-old defeated fourth-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) on Thursday. In the last eight of the €769,645 grass-court event, Otte will face Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi on Friday.

Otte wins twice in tiebreak, Struff loses it twice

Jan-Lennard Struff from Warstein, on the other hand, was eliminated in the round of 16. The 32-year-old, who had made his comeback at Weissenhof after a two-month injury break, lost to Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6:7 (2:7), 6:7 (4:7). The match had been interrupted on Wednesday due to rain at 4:3 for Struff in the second set and was continued on Thursday.

Otte is the last remaining German in the singles field in Stuttgart. “I’m mega happy,” the world number 61 said after his success. “It’s now the second good tournament in a row in Germany. Hopefully it will continue like this.”

Otte had already surprised at the clay court tournament in Munich at the end of April, reaching a semi-final on the ATP Tour for the first time. With the victory over last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist Shapovalov, who was already ranked tenth in the world and is currently ranked 16th, he now achieved another coup. Otte had defeated Daniel Altmaier from Kempen in the first round in Stuttgart.

Murray’s successful comeback

Former world number one Andy Murray is also through to the quarter-finals after a fightback. The Scot won 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan on Thursday. He was already trailing 2:5 in the second set. Murray will face top-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker 6-3, 6-4, in the last eight on Friday.

Murray (35) is playing in the €769,645 event at Stuttgart’s Weissenhof for the first time. It serves as preparation for the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon starting on 27 June, which Murray has already won twice. The veteran, who almost ended his career because of serious hip problems, is now only 68th in the world rankings.