Cologne (dpa) – A week after his surprise first round at the ATP tournament in Cologne, tennis pro Jan-Lennard Struff reached the round of 16 with a much improved performance at the second tournament in the Cologne arena.

The German Davis Cup player from Warstein defeated the Italian gravel specialist Marco Cecchinato on Wednesday 6: 3, 6: 1 and now faces Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the next round. “I wanted to do better than last week. I did it,” said the 30-year-old.

German doubles player Daniel Altmaier / Oscar Otte (Kempen / Cologne) missed the quarterfinals. The duo lost to Marcus Daniel / Philipp Oswald (New Zealand / Austria) 4: 6, 1: 6.

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