Thanks to a wildcard Dominic started into the first Challenger tournament in Biel. Already in the first round the strong Maxime Janvier ATP 218 waited. A tough draw against the 1.96 m tall Frenchman. However, Dominic played boldly and secured the victory with 14 aces to win 6:4 /7:5. Now it came to the Swiss duel. In the second round Dominic had to play against the No. 2 of the tournament, his Davis Cup colleague and this year’s two-time 3rd round player at the US Open and Roland Garros, Henri Laaksonen ATP 116. Dominic had never played a serious match against him before. Dominic started sensationally and incredibly relaxed. Laaksonen was overrun. The score was 6:1 / 4:1 for Dominic. But then Laaksonen improved. Finally, the 3rd set had to decide. Point for point at eye level. Then the decisive break and Dominic served the match home 6:3. The numerous audience and his fans thanked him with applause. In the quarterfinals, Dominic faced the experienced German Tobias Kamke ATP 257. The latter played safe and uncomfortable tennis. He made almost no mistakes. But Dominic was not deterred and with 6:4 / 7:6 Dominic, equipped with his wildcard, won this match as well. In the 1/2 final, unfortunately, the dream of the first tournament victory at the Challenger in Biel ended abruptly. With a crying eye Dominic had to retire due to injury against the later tournament winner Liam Broady ATP 139. Dominic suffered a knee injury in the 2nd game, which made it impossible for him to continue playing.
In the doubles, alongside Marc-Andrea Hüsler, Dominic also played his best tennis this week. So they qualified for the doubles final on Saturday. Due to injury, Dominic unfortunately had to declare forfeit for this match as well. After the victory in Gstaad again a super performance of the two.
Dominic later said: “Everything was still fine during the warm-up in the early morning. But already during the warm-up shortly before the start of the match he felt a slight pull on his left knee. This became worse and worse after the first games during the match, which affected his whole game. A medical timeout with treatment did not bring any significant improvement and so I finally had to retire disappointed.
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