Benjamin Bonzi loses to Jan-Lennard Struff, France down to Germany in Davis Cup

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Benjamin Bonzi loses to Jan-Lennard Struff, France down to Germany in Davis Cup

First cold snap in Hamburg. In the chilly atmosphere of AM Rothenbaum, warmed up in the third set by the 3,000 German spectators who had made the trip to watch Germany’s entry into the running in Davis Cup, France took a hit on the head with the defeat of Benjamin Bonzi against Jan-Lennard Struff (6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in 2:14). The kind of setback that hurts to start, especially when you’ve got two match points and you end up losing the battle.

Back to the entrance wall

The Frenchman had two match points at 5-4 in the third set, but it was then, when Struff (132nd) seemed on the back foot, that the German had a saving boost. As in the first round when he served the lead (9 aces), he suddenly began to (re) serve correctly and to be more aggressive in the exchange. He too had had time to doubt in a second round where Bonzi (53rd) had set the record straight, taking advantage of shorter balls and multiple errors. He probably thought he had done the hardest part before breaking down. On his fourth match point, the German, who had just asked for public support for the first time in the afternoon, swung his 14th ace of the day like a big slap.

This inaugural defeat, despite a very pleasant meeting to follow, already places the Blues with their backs to the wall. Led by Germany before Adrian Mannarino’s match against Oscar Otte and the double, the French already have no room for error on Wednesday. Especially since the next opponent of the Blues, Australia on Thursday, made short work of Belgium on Tuesday (3-0).

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