Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili will face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals of the Sardegna Open. Get the live streaming options of this Nikoloz Basilashvili v Jan-Lennard Struff match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikoloz Basilashvili v Jan-Lennard Struff Head to Head
Struff has a 2-1 head-to-head lead at the top level. If you include the Challenger events, then the German has a 3-2 lead.
Having met twice at the Challenger level, with Struff winning in Bergamo, Italy in 2013 and Basilashvili winning in Heilbronn, Germany in 2016, they first met on the tour at the Canada Masters in 2019. Basilashvili fought back from a set down to win the Round of 32 contest 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Struff got his revenge in Dubai the following year, winning the Round of 16 contest 6-1, 6-0. The German then got a second win against Basilashvili in 2020, defeating the Georgian 6-4, 6-2 in the Round of 64 at the Paris Masters.
Basilashvili Saves Five Match Points To Advance
Fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia saved five match points in a dramatic Round of 16 contest against Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik to advance to a third quarterfinal this year.
Last month’s Qatar Open champion, who made six first-round exits from nine tournaments this year, was on verge of losing his first match in Cagliari as well, but the Georgian held his nerves for a a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win in three hours.
The Slovak, who converted eight of 16 break point opportunities in the match, got five match points on Basilashvili’s serve at 4-5 in the third, however, each time the he had the opportunity, the Georgian found a way to survive.
Basilashvili, who received a first round bye in the tournament, converted nine of 16 break points and won 125 of 244 points in the match.
The 29-year-old right-hander, who has won two of his four titles on the clay courts of Hamburg, began the season by reaching the quarterfinals in Antalya. But a last eight defeat at the hands of eventual champion Alex de Minaur was followed by four straight sets first round defeats at Melbourne-1, Australian Open, Montpellier and Rotterdam.
He broke the five-match losing streak in Doha, winning five on the trot to win the title. One of those victories was against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
The win over Roberto Bautista Agut in the final was his last prior to Wednesday’s win over Kovalik, as Basilashvili lost back-to-back three-set first round contest in Dubai and Miami.
Struff Eases Past Qualifer
After having to save five match points in the first round, fifth seed Jan-Lennard Struff had a relatively easy Round of 16 match on Wednesday as he needed just 81 minutes to knock out British qualifier Liam Broady 6-4, 6-2.
The win improved the 30-year-old German to 7-7 this year. In the first round against Portugal’s Joao Sousa, Struff had to rally from a set down and then had to save five match points in the third set to win the two-hour-and-eight-minute contest 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.
On Wednesday, there was no such trouble against Broady as Struff saved four of five break points, while capitalising on all four of the break point opportunities he had in the match.
Struff, who helped Germany to reach the semifinals of the ATP Cup, had also reached the quarterfinals in the season-opener in Antalya. He made first round exits in Melbourne, Montpellier and Rotterdam and won one and lost one in Dubai and Miami.
The 41st-ranked right-hander, who has never reached an ATP final, will be looking to take a step towards the title clash by beating Basilashvili in the quarterfinal.
Basilashvili v Struff Prediction and Tip
Going by their previous matches, Struff will hold the edge. He outplayed the Georgian in the previous two meetings and could be extending his lead in the head to head rivalry.
Tip: Struff to win: 4/6 (bet365)