NOS Sport•Today, 12:59
Tallon Greek track was unable to continue his impressive victory over Holger Rune in Hamburg. The North Hollander lost in the second round at the German clay tournament against the Croatian Borna Coric: 3-6, 4-6.
Greek track didn’t even start that bad and put Coric to work from the baseline with a strong game. The Dutchman missed break opportunities on 1-1 and 2-2 (three in total), partly due to the excellent service of the Croat.
Coric, the former number twelve in the world (now 183rd) who is coming back from a shoulder injury, started to play stronger and had better and better answers to the offensive game of Greek track.
A somewhat unexpected sloppy game at 2-3 killed the Greek track, after which the first set was over quickly.
The disappointment of the loss of the set was then noticeable at Greek track, who was immediately broken in the second set due to impatience (coming quickly to the net) and a faltering service.
Greek track, winner of a challenger tournament in Amersfoort last week, recovered after that, but was unable to force a break in Coric’s service game.
This means that Tom Okker remains the only Dutchman to have won the traditional Hamburg Open (in 1970). Hamburg was first organized in 1892, making it the oldest tennis tournament in Germany.
There is also a Dutch touch to the Hamburg Open. The location has a special meaning for Richard Krajicek, although it is not a cheerful one.
The only Dutch grand slam champion in singles could have become the first Dutch number one in the world in 1999 if he had won the title in Hamburg. Krajicek, however, stranded in the second round.
After that, Krajicek never came so close to the global number one position.