Cobolli quick off the mark, defeats Stricker in Next Gen Finals
Flavio Cobolli got his campaign in Jeddah off to an impressive start
In a match that lasted one hour and 37 minutes, Cobolli clocked up 25 winners – 16 coming off the forehand – and 25 unforced errors. His serve was firing, with six aces and 75 per cent of points won on first serve. More pertinently, in a match where Stricker actually won more individual points, he took four of his five break point chances.
“I played a very good match here,” he said afterwards, adding with a smile: “The courts are so fast, but I am faster! The conditions here are fast but I can play them.”
The two have not met in singles play previously, but know each other well, having partnered each other to the 2020 Roland-Garros boys’ doubles title.
Stricker is the only player in the field who has competed at the Next Gen Finals previously, having reached last year’s semi-final.