Oscar Otte made it to the round of 16 at the lawn tournament in Halle. For the other German tennis professionals, the event is already over. But you can rely on Otte again.

In the absence of the injured Alexander Zverev, Oscar Otte has once again lived up to his role as the new top player in German men’s tennis.

The 28-year-old from Cologne won the lawn tournament in Halle, Westphalia, against Miomir Kecmanovic from Serbia 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4 and thus continued his convincing performances from the previous week. In Stuttgart, Otte only failed in the semi-finals due to eventual winner Matteo Berrettini from Italy.

Otte now meets Bassilashvili

Against Kecmanovic, the German number two in Halle convinced with strong serves. After 1:17 hours he used his second match point. In the round of 16, Otte will now face Georgian Nikolos Bassilashvili on Thursday. The Rhinelander was the only German to survive the first round in Halle.

In the first set, Otte and Kecmanovic each impressed with their strong serves, so that the decision had to be made in the tie-break. There Otte used his fourth set ball after 43 minutes. In the second round, the Rhinelander conceded a quick break. But Otte remained calm and immediately took over the service from the Serb. He then managed another break to make it 5:4 and made the victory a little later perfect.

Altmaier is eliminated against Kyrgios

Daniel Altmaier, on the other hand, was eliminated despite a significant increase in performance in the second set. The 23-year-old tennis pro from Kempen lost against the Australian Nick Kyrgios 3: 6, 5: 7 and thus missed a duel with the Greek tournament favorite Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16. Kyrgios, who caused a scandal in the semifinals against Brit Andy Murray last week at the tournament in Stuttgart and then complained of racist insults against himself, converted his second match point after 67 minutes.

“I was a bit nervous at first. With him you never know what to expect, »said Altmaier after his defeat. “In the second set I got in much better, but didn’t take my chances,” said the Kempener. On Monday, local hero Jan-Lennard Struff and German champion Henri Squire were eliminated in the first round. Olympic champion Zverev had to cancel his participation because of the serious foot injury he suffered at the French Open.