World number 42 Jan-Lennard Struff will be up against the 55th-ranked Tommy Paul in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Parma Open on Thursday, May 27. Get the live streaming options of this Jan-Lennard Struff v Tommy Paul match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jan-Lennard Struff v Tommy Paul Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Struff and Paul before this encounter.
Struff Extended by Cobolli
It wasn’t the kind of initiation Struff expected at the Parma Open as the 429th-ranked Flavio Cobolli came close to stunning him in his first match at this tournament.
The German needed three sets, a tie-breaker in the third and two hours and 22 minutes to get past the Italian teenaged wildcard entry to move into the last eight. Struff, who had a first round bye, edged past Cobolli 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
In a match where both players got themselves four breaks apiece, it was Struff’s ability to hold his never that helped him through.
Both the first two sets saw Struff at the receiving end as he fell a break behind in the very first game, and while he managed to come back in the first with two breaks back in the eighth and 10th games, Cobolli ran home the advantage in the second.
The decider saw Struff draw first blood with a break in the sixth game, but was then broken back as Cobolli continued to put up a solid fight. Struff had a couple of match-points then off his opponent’s serve he missed before sealing the match in a tie-breaker.
This follows a solid display from Struff in Munich where he had reached the final in an otherwise lacklustre showing this season.
Paul Struggles Through Second Round
Not only did Paul need three sets to get past Jiri Vesely in the second round, he was also stretched to two sets in those and required two hours and 48 minutes to complete the win.
In what turned out to be a cagey affair, there were just 13 break-points on offer and just three of them were converted – two by Paul and one by Vesely. That, in the end, was the difference between the two players.
The first set went to serve, with neither players facing a break-point before Vesely eased his way past his opponent in the tie-breaker. Paul then fell 0-3 behind but from there on he broke back in the fifth game, levelled things out in the next and forced a second tie-breaker in a row.
This time around, however, it was Paul who kept pegging away at the points and claimed the set 7-5.
The third set had one break of serve which came in the fourth game and saw Paul win the encounter on his second match-point.
This will be Paul’s first quarterfinal appearance since making it there in Rotterdam in early March.
Struff v Paul Prediction and Tip
There’s not much to choose between these two and a fighting match could go in favour of Struff in three sets.