In-form American Taylor Fritz seeks to reach his first final of the season when he takes on big-hitting Jan-Lennard Struff in the semifinal of the 2021 St. Petersburg Open on Saturday, October 30. Get the live streaming options of this Taylor Fritz v Jan-Lennard Struff match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Taylor Fritz v Jan-Lennard Struff Head to Head
Struff leads the head-to-head 1-0, winning their only meeting in the second round of Wimbledon in 2019.
Fritz Holds Off Millman
This was expected to be Taylor Fritz’s major obstacle – a speedbump if you like. He was projected to meet the fourth seed Aslan Karatsev – the newly-crowned Moscow champion. But John Millman had other ideas and tore apart that pre-tournament script.
And Millman who has been in surprisingly decent form of late shocked the Russian to reach his second quarterfinal.
Frtiz was fresh from celebrating his 24th birthday with a victory over rising star Tommy Paul just 24 hours earlier. It was only fitting he treated himself to yet another masterful display to storm past Millman in the quarterfinals.
Fritz won 6-4 6-2, outmuscling the seemingly unbreakable Aussie in a war of attrition from the baseline. He hammered five aces and won 19 out of 26 first-serve points which translated to about 76%. His quick take off the return gave him a look at Millman’s serve on seven occasions and he converted three opportunities.
Fritz has now reached six semifinals this year, but is still looking to advance to his first final of 2021.
Struff Knocks Off Shapovalov
In one of the fiercest ball-crushing battles of this week’s St. Petersburg Open, it was Jan-Lennard Struff who took control of proceedings over Denis Shapovalov, beating the Canadian for the fifth time in seven meetings.
Struff won 6-4 6-3 in 81 minutes, and is yet to drop a set en route to the semifinals. It is still a confounding stat considering he now owns Shaovalov in their seven career matches. He began this match in the perfect manner, breaking the Canadian lefty to love in the opening game.
Struff extended his lead by getting an insurance break in the third game, as Shapovalov’s gameplan showed no signs of an end product. He was outpowered by Struff from the back of the court, and his serve had no pop in it.
The Candian retrieved one of the breaks back, but he had left it too late to mount a comeback in the opening set.
The second set stayed on serve until Struff made his first move in the fifth game, breaking Shapovalov to 15. He broke him again towards the tail end of the set to record his 25th match win of 2021.
Fritz v Struff Prediction and Tip
Fritz starts as a massive favorite, but with the power that Struff generates off the ground and not to mention, his serve, you can never count him out from any matchup. But the American’s form is simply too good to back against him.