Dominic Stricker won the historic 100% Swiss boys’ singles final at Roland Garros. The 18-year-old Bernese left-hander dominated Zurich’s Leandro Riedi 6-2 6-4 in 61 ‘of play.
Ranked 10th in the last ITF ranking, just ahead of his unfortunate opponent, Dominic Stephan Stricker offers Switzerland its 12th Grand Slam title in junior singles. Martina Hingis won three, Heinz Günthardt and Belinda Bencic two, Roger Federer, Roman Valent, Stan Wawrinka and Rebeka Masarova one.
Trained by Sven Swinnen, Dominic Stricker (1m91) clearly dominated the proceedings against a much too tense Leandro Riedi. He did not relax until his back to the wall. Led 6-2 3-1, the Zurich player then won three games in a row to gain the advantage for the first time (4-3).
Winner of the junior double of the last Australian Open (alongside the Romanian Nicholas Ionel), Leandro Riedi has however once again cracked on his commitment, at 4-4. The protégé of Yves Allegro then missed two balls from 5-4 to 40/15, before offering the decisive break to his opponent.
First since Wawrinka
Dominic Stricker certainly trembled as he concluded. He had to erase two 5-5 balls, after wasting two match points. But the third chance was a good one for the Bernese, who cocked an ace to become the first Swiss to win the boys’ singles Roland Garros since Stan Wawrinka in 2003.
The offensive left-hander was not, however, a favorite in this final. Seven months younger than his opponent, he had lost their … nine previous encounters, all age groups combined. He still has to play in the doubles final with the Italian Flavio Cobolli.
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