World No. 42 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany has a tough one against Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Saturday, June 5. Get the live streaming options of this Jan-Lennard Struff v Carlos Alcaraz match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jan-Lennard Struff v Carlos Alcaraz Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first meeting between the 31-year-old German and thee Spanish teenager, who is 18 years old.
Struff Builds on Rublev Victory
Struff, having pulled off a major surprise by beating Andrey Rublev in the first round built on that with an ultimately comfortable victory over the Argentine Facundo Bagnis, the world 104, to take his place in the third round for only the second time in his career.
And it was his serve that did much of the damage – he served 15 aces compared to four for his opponent and, particularly on second serve, was dominant.
Despite that it was the German who saved the first break point of the match, but it was he who forced the only break of the first set which he claimed by sewen games to five,
The second set again was largely a service battle until Bagnis was broken, To his credit he broke back straight away and it went to a tie-break. However, then Struff was perfect on serve, whereas Bagnis only managed one hold.
The third was something of a mirror image of the first. Struff had an early break point against his serve, saved it, and the match then went with serve until Struff engineered a final and decisive break.
After his exploits against Rublev, the German will be glad that this match will not have taken too much out of him.
Alcaraz’s Dream Year Continues
The Spanish teenager is having a year to remember so far.
The youngest participant at the Australian Open, the youngest match winner in the history of the Madrid Open, and the youngest player ever to break into the top 100, all in the space of less than five months..
Now, to cap it all, having come through qualifying, he finds himself in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Having defeated fellow Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the four set sin the first round he was expecting a tougher challenge form Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, the world 31, in their match on Thursday evening Paris.
But cheered on by a small but noisy group of Spanish supporters in the crowd, Alcaraz showed no nerves in what was one of the biggest matches of his career to date.
He began well and, In a first set dominated by nerve, it was Alcaraz who secured the only break.
Four out of the five opening games of the second set went against serve but, crucially for the Spaniard, he managed to hold once in the middle of that sequence. From there he just served out for the set.
Again, he broke early in the third set, and seemed to be in control, when he developed a problem with his hand, and ultimately needed to take a medical time out. That seemed to break his concentration and he lost serve, only to immediately break back.
Given the chance to close out the match, the teenager made no mistake whatsoever.
Struff v Alcaraz Prediction and Tip
This is a match between experience and youth, guile, and enthusiasm. Struff will start the favourite because he is much more used to playing in Grand Slams, but he will need to be wary of Alcaraz, who will have very little to lose.