Cologne (dpa) – On Sunday he injured spectators on Tuesday afternoon, on Tuesday evening Oscar Otte suddenly reached the eighth finals against a top 10 player: the Cologne local hero had a crazy day at the ATP tennis tournament in his hometown.

As a short-term replacement for Serbian Danilo, he beat his Austrian buddy Dennis Novak 6: 3, 6: 2 and now meets number two-seeded Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16. He had recently reached the semi-finals at the French Open .

“I actually didn’t have any expectations anymore. But I grabbed my second chance,” said the 27-year-old, who started with an injury to the ankle tissue in the ankle bone. The doctor said it might hurt a bit, but you can’t break anything and it can’t crack anything. So I made it up to chew my teeth, ”number 132 said.

Of Schwartzman he recently saw “many matches on television. I am really looking forward to this match”. That this is not played with spectators in his hometown, like last week, where he also made the round of 16, is “a pity. But I know that a lot of people are in front of the TV or the live streams. And that really pushes me.”

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