In what has been a rain disrupted last few days in Munich, the BMW Open reaches the finals with Nikoloz Basilashvili and Jan-Lennard Struff meeting to contest the championships round.
I am very happy to have reached my first final, here in Germany of all places, in Munich Jan Lennard Struff
Basilashvili, the Georgian fifth seed was forced to play two matches in one day but fortunately for him, he wasn’t extended at any stage as he swept past Lucky Loser Norbert Gombos of Slovakia, 6-4 6-4 and then in the semi-finals, the second seed from Norway, Casper Ruud, 6-1 6-2 to reach his second tour final of the season.
For Germany’s 31-year-old Struff, it will be his first final on the ATP tour at the eighth attempt as he beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-1.
“I am very happy to have reached my first final, here in Germany of all places, in Munich,” Struff, who turned pro in 2009, told local broadcaster BR.
“I’m very happy with the way I played,” Struff added. “It feels good to have won in two sets, but it wasn’t easy.”
Even though he is ranked 107th in the world, Ivashka had knocked out the top seeded and two time-champion, Alexander Zverev 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3 in Friday’s quarter-finals and raced into a 3-0 lead against Struff before the German, ranked 44, wrestled back control.
The two finalists are tied 2-2 in their tour main-draw meetings, with the Georgian having won their most recent meeting in the Sardegna Open quarter-finals last month, also on clay.