Stefanos Tsitispas will resume his tennis action after the Australian Open with his first match against Jan-Lennard Struff. The second round encounter at the Sofia Open will be played on Thursday, February 7 and the timing for it will be announced soon.
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Stefanos Tsitispas v Jan-Lennard Struff Head to Head
The two players have only met once, at the Genova ATP Challenger tournament in 2017, on clay. Tsitsipas was the winner in two comfortable sets.
Tsitsipas Looks to Continue Dream Run
Fresh from a successful Australian Open run, where he made the semi-finals beating Swiss legend Roger Federer en route, young Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas begins his ATP 250 campaign at Sofia.
The Greek will be looking for a successful run at Sofia as he aims to break into the top ten rankings. His opening match after a first round bye, will be against the big German Jan- Lennard Struff.
Tsitsipas had a breakthrough 2018, where he won the ATP 250 title at Stockholm and the ATP Next Gen Tour Finals in Milan. He also reached the finals of the ATP 500 at Barcelona, and the Masters 1000 in Toronto, losing to ultimate champion Rafael Nadal on both occasions.
He has moved up as high as number 12 in the ATP rankings. A powerful shot maker, with a lot of variety, and a fearless attitude, the surface at Sofia should be to Tsitsipas’ liking.
Erratic Struff Looking for Consistent Season
His opponent Struff won his opening round match comfortably in straight sets against Italian Stefano Travagla. Struff has had a fair beginning to the 2019 season, making it to the semi finals at the ATP 250 in Auckland as well.
At 6’5”, the German has a big serve and powerful stroke making and can be a handful for any opponent on the faster surfaces.
Ranked just outside the top 50 at the moment, Struff has been ranked as high as number 41 in 2017. Inconsistent form in recent times has limited him from moving up further in the rankings. Struff will look to serve consistently well and put pressure on the Tsitsipas service games.
Tsitispas v Struff Prediction and Tips
With a big serve and powerful game, Struff has caused problems for players in the past, including Roger Federer at the 2018 Australian Open. A good serving outing is crucial to Struff’s chances. Despite a consistent serve and game, Struff will find it challenging to put pressure on the multi-faceted Tsitsipas game.
Given his current form and confidence, Tsitsipas will look to take command of the match from early on. A match that should see some good serving and hitting; expect Tsitsipas to win in two straight sets.
You can watch & bet on Stefanos Tsitispas v Jan-Lennard Struff here on Thursday, February 7. The match will start after 6:00 pm local time (4:00 pm BST).