World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas will look to extend his winning run when he takes on Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the Dubai Open 2020 qurterfinal. The match will be played on Thursday, February 27 with the schedule yet to be released. You can find the Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jan-Lennard Struff live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jan-Lennard Struff Head to Head
In four previous matches, the head to head reads 2-2 but more importantly, Struff has won both their previous two meetings. And rather interestingly, those two came in 2019 itself, one in Barcelona and the other at the Cincinnati Masters. What that does is make for an interesting encounter here given Stefanos saw an excellent season tennis last year and still was no match for Struff.
Tsitsipas Makes it 6-0
He might not have bagelled anyone recently, but Tsitsipas is sure on a roll. Since losing in the second round at the Rotterdam Open, he has won six matches in a row which includes the Marseille Open title win but what makes it even more special is he hasn’t dropped a set in these six encounters.
There have been two tie-breakers in this period, both of which came in this competition in Dubai itself, but both times he came through without too much of an issue. Both tie-breakers, in the first round against Pablo Carreno-Busta in the first round and Alexander Bublik in the second, lasted just eight points.
And what’s surprising is this run of form has come out of almost nowhere. The season hadn’t gone that well for Tsitsipas; having lost two of three matches at the ATP Cup, exited in the third round at the Australian Open, and that second round loss at Rotterdam. The struggles were there for all to see and suddenly, there’s been this transition.
Can he now make it seven in a row?
Struff Slowly Coming into His Own
Struff was a surprise first round winner over the fifth seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, triumphing in straight sets but he followed that up with an even more clinical showing in the second. Nikoloz Basilashvili was expected to give him bit of a fight but managed to win just one game in their second round match which gave Struff his first shot at the quarterfinals of a tournament this year.
Because much like Tsitsipas, form had been an issue for the German before this. While he won a couple of matches at the ATP Cup, the 34th-ranked player with a career-best ranking of just one spot above, lost in the second round in Adelaide and then went on a three-match losing streak with opening round exits at the Australian Open and Rotterdam.
Which is why that win against Bautista Agut was rather vital in getting his morale back and once that had happened, the 6-1, 6-0 rout of Basilashvili only enhanced the point he is a solid player if a late bloomer.
Stefanos Tsitsipas v Jan-Lennard Struff Predictions & Tips
Tsitsipas is 4/11 to win this and it’s tough to see any other result here. The thing here is, we reckon there could be a fighting Struff who comes out and even win a set off Tsitsipas.
Tip: Over 22.5 games in the match: 8/11 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)