The round of 16 match of Warsteiner tennis pro Jan-Lennard Struff at the ATP tournament in Stuttgart was interrupted on Wednesday due to rain and is to be continued on Thursday.

The score between the 32-year-old Struff and the Italian Lorenzo Sonego was 6:7 (2:7), 4:3 after 1:20 hours.

The duel between Oscar Otte from Cologne and Denis Shapovalov from Canada, which was scheduled to follow, was postponed completely until Thursday.

Struff and the 28-year-old Otte are the only remaining Germans in the singles field of the €769,645 grass-court event.

Berretini is “very happy

Meanwhile, second seed Matteo Berrettini struggled to reach the quarter-finals at the ATP grass-court tournament in Stuttgart. The world number ten from Italy won his opening match at Weissenhof against Radu Albot from Moldova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Wednesday. Berrettini had a walk-through in the first round of the €769,645 event. In the last eight, he will face either Struff or his Italian compatriot Sonego.

“I knew it would be one of my toughest matches this year,” said Berrettini, who recently took a break for several weeks following a hand operation and also decided not to play at the French Open in Paris. “I’m very happy.”

In 2019, Berrettini had won the title in Stuttgart – it was his first on grass on the ATP Tour. This year, the 26-year-old is also one of the favourites to win the tournament. Last summer, he reached the final of the world’s most important grass-court tournament at Wimbledon.