Oscar Otte demonstrated his entire tennis repertoire under the eyes of ex-national goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and ski jumping legend Gregor Schlierenzauer. From soulful stops to a magic of the legs, everything was there. In the end, Zverev-Werzwinger Holger Rune was also too strong for the Cologne. Despite the 4-1 lead in the first set, the 28-year-old German German had to give up 4: 6, 4: 6 in the semifinals of Munich and missed his first final on the ATP tour.
The Danish Youngster Rune, who had only celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, meets the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in his premiere final in this category. The Scandinavian had improved by more than 200 places in the ranking in the past twelve months and is considered one of the largest tennis talents.
"It feels unreal. I didn't expect that I am now in the final," said Rune after the greatest success of his career. The Dane received a wildcard from tournament director Patrik Kühnen. "My big goal is to become number one at some point. That may be a start," said the youngster.
Otte states furiously-Rune five-game run
On the almost sold-out Center Court on the iPhitos system, Otte started furiously and led 4: 1 after a few minutes. Rune brought slight mistakes from the baseline back into the game. The teenager won five games in a row and used his first set ball with a forehand winner after 46 minutes.
Whipped by the spectators, Otte continued to play courageously and looked for the quick decision. Especially with his network attacks, the German was always successful - until 4: 4 when he only hit a light volley with the frame. The preliminary decision.
Karwietz/Mies are in the final
The German hopes are now resting on the duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies. Germany's best double, which was able to win the French Open twice, prevailed in the semifinals on Saturday against the British Lloyd Glasspool and the Finn Harri Heliovaara 7: 5, 6: 3. In the final on Sunday (11:00 a.m.) Krawietz and Mies aim for their second title within a week. Most recently, they had secured the title in Barcelona.