Jan-Lennard Struff will look to beat an in-form Matteo Berrettini when the two will meet in the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open on Saturday.
Berrettini has looked great in Stuttgart during his run to the semi-final. His major victory came in the round of 16, where he beat second seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2. The match lasted for just over an hour, and Khachanov had no answer to Berrettini’s play. Khachanov reached the quarter-finals of the French Open last month, and the result was a significant upset. The win against Khachanov was Berrettini’s second over a top-10 player. He beat Alexander Zverev previous month at the Italian Open.
Still just 23, Berrettini has enjoyed himself this year. The run in Stuttgart improved his record this season to 20-12. He played Denis Kudla in the quarter-final and beat him 6-3, 6-3. Berrettini continued his form from the game against Khachanov. His serving was immaculate, and he won a whopping 90% points on his first serve. Berrettini’s net play has been great as well along with his passing shots.Embed from Getty Images
Berrettini has won just two ATP singles titles in his career, and both of them have come on clay. He won the Hungarian Open in April which is his only title this year. His ATP ranking right now is 30th in the world, which is the highest he has ever reached. Italian is a promising player, and he has a lot of time ahead of him to improve. He will look to win his first major singles title on grass in Stuttgart.
Jan-Lennard Struff will be his opponent on Saturday. Struff impressed in the French Open and reached as far as the round of 16. He eventually lost in Paris to Novak Djokovic. In Stuttgart, Denis Shapovalov was his opponent in the first round. Struff defeated the eighth seed in straight sets. In the two games since, he has continued to win in straight sets. Struff beat Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-final.Embed from Getty Images
One of the strong points for Struff in Stuttgart has been his serving. He has recorded more than ten aces in each of his three games thus far. The German is looking for his first major singles title on the ATP Tour. He has two of them in doubles, but none on his own yet. Like Berrettini, his current ranking is the best he has ever achieved. Struff has won five of his last six matches on grass. These two players have never met before on tour. Neither one of them has won a title on grass, so this is a golden opportunity to get themselves in the final.
Jan-Lennard Struff vs Matteo Berrettini Prediction
The game will be a close one, but Berrettini should have enough to get past Struff. Berrettini has impressed in Stuttgart, and despite his lack of experience, he should make the final. His serving will be the primary threat to Struff. Berrettini should get a close win in three sets to progress to the final.