18-Year-Old Stricker Sets Hurkacz Clash In Stuttgart
Dominic Stephan Stricker continues to impress on the ATP Tour.
Just three weeks ago, the 18-year-old Swiss reached the quarter-finals on his tour-level debut in Geneva. On Wednesday, he advanced to the second round of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) triumph against Moldovan Radu Albot.
“The first match on grass is always tricky. We didn’t have a grass season last year and it was difficult,” Stricker said. “But I had a great and long preparation at my base in Biel where we have a grass court. I felt well on court, but it’s always a different feeling on this surface.”
Stricker, who is a wild card at this German ATP 250 event, hit 10 aces and saved four of the six break points he faced to advance after two hours and four minutes. The teen will next play second seed Hubert Hurkacz, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title earlier this year in Miami.
“I’m very thankful that I received the wild card here. It is a beautiful event and very well organised,” Stricker said. “I will give my best and try to go as far as I can.”
Hurkacz posted on Instagram that in 2006 he was a ballboy for Kubot. They first competed together at this year's ATP Cup, but this was the Polish team's first win.