Altmaier Beats Estrella Burgos at Antalya Open

by John on June 27, 2017

#NextGen rising star German Daniel Altmaier, 18, won his first ATP Tour main draw match earlier today, defeating veteran Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 7-5, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Antalya Open. The young German lost in the final round of the qualies, but advanced to the main draw of this first-year grasscourt event in Turkey as a lucky loser when Hyeon Chung withdrew due to an ankle injury. Altmaier, ranked No. 252 in the world, qualified for his first main draw at an ATP Tour event last month in Geneva, but was defeated in the opening round by Sam Querrey. The 36-year-old Estrella Burgos, ranked No. 93, with three ATP Tour titles to his credit, fought tooth and nail for two hours and 56 minutes with Altmaier. There was just one break in today’s marathon, that being by Altmaier in the 11th game of the opening set, and two tight tiebreakers that could have gone either way. Altmaier missed a match point opportunity with Estrella Burgos serving at 7-8 in the second set tie-break and trailed 4-1 in the deciding set tiebreaker before rallying for the victory. “It’s the biggest win of my career. I can’t describe it,” Altmaier said. “I had to refocus after missing the match point, but I wanted to fight out there. I really enjoyed it.” Altmaier hit nine aces and won 84 percent of his first serves, while saving four of four break points. Estrella Burgos served eight aces, won 78 percent of his first service points and defended four of five break points. Next up for Altmaier is Marsel Ilhan, who advanced when his opponent Martin Klizan was forced to retire at 6-6 in the first set.

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