Swiss Dominic Stricker wins Roland-Garros junior

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Swiss Dominic Stricker wins Roland-Garros junior


Opposed to his compatriot and friend Leandro Riedi in a 100% Swiss final Saturday in Paris, the Bernese won 6-2 6-4.


Dominic Stephan Stricker poses with his junior winner's trophy on Saturday.


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Dominic Stephan Stricker poses with his junior winner’s trophy on Saturday.


An ace for the road, only his second of the day, and Dominic Stricker was able to raise his arms before hugging his compatriot Leandro Riedi at the net. At 18, the same age as his friend from Zurich, the Bernese became the Roland-Garros junior champion on Saturday, 17 years after Stan Wawrinka at Porte d’Auteuil. Stricker can even achieve the double during the day, since he is engaged in the doubles final with Flavio Cobolli.


The nice hug between Dominic Stephan Stricker and Leandro Riedi at the net after this 100% Swiss final.


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The nice hug between Dominic Stephan Stricker and Leandro Riedi at the net after this 100% Swiss final.


On court No 14, the quarter-finalist of the last two editions of the Australian Open for young people, carried by a first serve ball at the rendezvous (70%) never really trembled. Authoritarian in the first set, folded 6-2 in 24 minutes, this powerful left-hander with a devastating forehand had more difficulty in breaking away in the second set against the one against whom he had not yet won so far – three losses, two on clay in juniors (2017 and 2018) and one on the pro circuit in Germany this year.


On the left, Leandro Riedi, and Dominic Stephan Stricker, on the right. Switzerland has two nuggets.


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On the left, Leandro Riedi, and Dominic Stephan Stricker, on the right. Switzerland has two nuggets.


Sven Swinnen’s protégé is the eighth Helvetian to win a Grand Slam title among juniors, after Rebeka Masarova (Roland-Garros 2016), Belinda Bencic (Roland-Garros 2013), Stan Wawrinka (Roland-Garros 2003), Roman Valent (Wimbledon 2001), Roger Federer (Wimbledon 1998), Martina Hingis (Roland-Garros 1993-1994 and Wimbledon 1994) and Heinz Guenthardt (Roland-Garros and Wimbledon 1976).

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