Oscar Otte (28) tried everything at the tournament in Munich against top talent Holger Rune (19), but ended up losing out.

The dream of the first title is gone! Like Alexander Zverev (25) before, Oscar Otte (28) lost to top talent Holger Rune (19) in Munich.

Munich – The dream of the first title is gone! How nice Alexander Zverev (25) also lost Oscar Otte (28) to top talent Holger Rune (19). The youngster is therefore in his first ATP final – and has a big goal.

Oscar Otte (28) tried everything at the tournament in Munich against top talent Holger Rune (19), but ended up losing out. © Sven Hoppe/dpa

Under the eyes of ex-national goalkeeper Jens Lehmann (52) and ski jumping legend Gregor Schlierenzauer (32), Otte demonstrated his entire tennis repertoire. From emotional stops to a magic blow through the legs, everything was there.

In the end, however, Zverev conqueror Rune was too strong for the man from Cologne. Despite a 4-1 lead in the first set, the German ultimately had to admit defeat 4-6, 4-6 in the semi-finals in Munich, thus missing his first final on the ATP tour.

“It’s still a bit difficult to cope with right now. It was a good week. It shouldn’t have ended like this,” said Otte. When the score was 4-1 in the first set, he called the doctor and got a pill. “Stomach cramps, heartburn,” reported the Cologne native afterwards. After that there wasn’t much left. “As if someone had pulled the plug,” Otte described the feeling.

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Rune, who just celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, meets Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp (26) in his first final in this category. The Scandinavian had improved by more than 200 places in the ranking in the last twelve months and is considered one of the greatest tennis talents, partly because of this jump.

Kevin Krawietz (30, left) and Andreas Mies (31) are aiming for tournament victory.

Kevin Krawietz (30, left) and Andreas Mies (31) are aiming for tournament victory. © Sven Hoppe/dpa

“It feels unreal. I didn’t expect to be in the final now,” said Rune after the biggest success of his young career so far. The Dane received a wild card from tournament director Patrik Kühnen (56). “My big goal is to be number one at some point. Maybe that’s a start,” said the hopeful youngster.

Otte started furiously on the almost sold-out center court at the Iphitos facility and was leading 4:1 after a few minutes. Slight mistakes from the baseline brought Rune back into the game. The teenager then won five games in a row and used his first set ball after just 46 minutes with a forehand winner.

Whipped up by the spectators, Otte continued to play boldly and sought a quick decision. The German was initially successful with his net attacks in particular – up to 4: 4, when he hit a light volley with his frame. It was the preliminary decision.

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The German hopes now rest on the duo Kevin Krawietz (30) and Andreas Mies (31). Germany’s best doubles team, which has already won the French Open twice together, prevailed in the semifinals on Saturday against Brit Lloyd Glasspool (28) and Finn Harri Heliovaara (32) 7:5, 6:3. In the final (Sunday, 11 a.m.) Krawietz and Mies are aiming for their second title in a week. Most recently they had triumphed in Barcelona.

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