World number 32 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany will face the Japanese, Yoshihito Nishioka, ranked 56th in the world in the second round of the 2020 Cologne Open on Thursday, October 22. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Jan-Lennard Struff v Yoshihito Nishioka match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jan-Lennard Struff v Yoshihito Nishioka Head to Head
Their only previous outing came at the 2019 Paris Masters, also indoors, and Struff had beaten Nishioka in three sets in that opening round match.
Struff Shrugs Off Cologne 1 Ouster
Going into his opening round match here against Marco Cecchinato, there was always going to be that worry about the loss of form for Struff.
Since then, however, his results haven’t quite gone his way, losing four of the five matches he has played. This included a shock loss at the hands of Oscar Otte at the Cologne Open last week, a pumelling straight-set defeat against a player who had 9/5 odds for his win.
That was the kind of defeat which could have dented most players’ confidence but Struff seems to have shrugged that loss off well.
In fact Cecchinato was coming off a top performance at the Sardinia Open where he had made the final before losing to Laslo Djere. Struff, however, is a much more solid player than Cecchinato on indoor hard courts and that is exactly what was on display when the two met.
Struff lost just four games in his drubbing of his Italian opponent and with that he marched into the second round of a tournament for just the second time in five attempts.
Nishioka Neutralises Edmund Threat
Kyle Edmund’s form has shown problems for the Brit but even he wouldn’t have expected to be bagelled in his opening round match against Nishioka. The Japanese number two struggled to take their first set but romped to an easy win in the end.
Breaking the Edmund serve in the fifth game of the opening set, Nishioka was down three break-points while serving for the set at 5-4. H clawed back to win the next three points only to go down another break-point but managed to finish off the set by winning the next three points.
The second set became one-way traffic. No sooner had the set started, Nishioka broke Edmund and giving him no respite, he repeated that dose two more times to set up this meeting with Struff.
Much like his opponent, Nishioka himself is coming off some poor form but unlike Struff his form issues extend to the start of this second phase of the season. Even with the Edmund win he has lost five of his eight matches and while his first round win was an easy one, he now takes on an opponent who has beaten him once earlier.
Nishioka’s only advantage is his record indoors, 38-20 across all circuits. He has the potential to cause an upset here.
Struff v Nishioka Prediction and Tip
Nishioka is 13/8 to win this but expect him to put up a brave front in this one. At least win a set.
Tip: Nishioka to win a set – Yes: 4/6 (bet365)