Jan-Lennard Struff missed a big surprise in Wimbledon. The player from Warstein was on the verge of defeat against the top talent Carlos Alcaraz, who was seeded fifth, but in the end the Spaniard won in five sets.

Struff was the clear outsider against the seventh-ranked player in the world, but on Court 1 he surpassed himself at times. He put his opponent under pressure at the start, especially with his serve, which was up to 218 kilometres per hour fast, and his cracking forehands, and he kept his nerves strong in numerous close moments. Struff fended off four break points in the first set and celebrated the aced set point with an outstretched fist in the direction of his supporters in the stands.

Jan-Lennard Struff missed the big surprise in Wimbledon. The player from Warstein was on the verge of losing to the top talent Carlos Alcaraz, who was seeded fifth, but in the end the Spaniard won in five sets.

On the brink of defeat against Jan-Lennard Struff: Carlos Alcaraz.

Struff was the clear underdog against the seventh-ranked player in the world, but on Court 1 he outdid himself at times. He put his opponent under pressure right from the start with his serve, which travelled at speeds of up to 218 kilometres per hour, and with his smashing forehands, and he kept his nerves strong in numerous close moments. Struff fended off four break points in the first set and celebrated the aced set point with an outstretched fist in the direction of his supporters in the stands.

The German won the first set 7:5 and did not let himself get rattled by the set tie. Serves and volleys worked so that Struff also won the third set.

Set four: Mini-break in tie-break goes unused

The fourth set had to be decided in the tie-break – and Alcaraz presented his entire repertoire. Struff was a mini-break ahead and had a great chance to make it 3-0. The Spaniard, however, ran down every ball and then hit a picture-perfect passing shot – the turning point, Alcaraz saved himself for set five.

Set five: First even, then a weak phase at the wrong time

This set was very even. Both served well until the score was 4:4. Especially the eighth game of the decisive set was a very clear affair for the Spanish youngster – with 40:15 he closed the service game dry with an ace.

A phase that visibly impressed Struff. A slight backhand error, a double fault, a carelessly missed volley and Alvaraz already had the break point, which he used decisively for 5:4. Struff now had his back to the wall, but could not turn the tide. Alvaraz successfully served for 6:4.

The 19-year-old from Murcia, who is predicted to have a great career, used his second match point because Struff returned too long and won 4:6, 7:5, 4:6, 7:6 (7:3) and 6:4.