Teenager Molleker claims maiden Tour win in Stuttgart stunner

Seventeen-year-old Rudolf Molleker will face Lucas Pouille in the second round in Stuttgart after claiming his first tour-level win.

Rudolf Molleker celebrates in his match against Jan-Lennard Struff   -  Getty Images

Rudolf Molleker claimed his first ATP Tour win on Monday as he stunned Jan-Lennard Struff at the Stuttgart Open. The 17-year-old sent down 26 aces to defeat his German compatriot 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 in only his second tour-level main draw match.

Molleker, who will now face Lucas Pouille in the second round, said: "It's an unbelievable feeling to earn my first main draw win on home soil. It felt great to have the crowd have my back and I just enjoyed the centre court feeling. It's a great experience for me and hopefully I can go on."

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The other first-round matches saw Mischa Zverev beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; Florian Mayer claim a 6-4, 6-1 win over Yannick Maden and Guido Pella ease past John Millman 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, at the Rosmlaen Grass Court Championships, there were 39 aces as sixth seed Robin Haase came through a tough opening test against Ivo Karlovic, winning 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.

Seventh seed Yuichi Sugita had an easier time of things, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-2, and there were also victories for Daniil Medvedev and Marius Copil.

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