Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Cameron Norrie
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 11:30 PM (EST)|
ASB Tennis Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
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Jan-Lennard Struff and Cameron Norrie meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Auckland Open.
Jan-Lennard Struff is coming off a three sets win over Pablo Carreno-Busta that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Struff won 83 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Struff won 69 percent of his total service points and produced two breaks on 15 break points. Struff put together a brilliant serving performance that included 22 aces, but it’s going to be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank after three tiebreaks and three hours of tennis. This is a quick turnaround for the 28-year-old German, and tired legs could be his downfall if he doesn’t get the proper treatment. Struff has a chance to make his first ever ATP singles final appearance. Struff has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Cameron Norrie is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Fritz that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Norrie won 81 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Norrie won 70 percent of his total service points and saved all four of his break points. Norrie has won all six sets this tournament and has also saved all 14 of his break points. Norrie has now won 10 of his last 12 sets overall and gives himself a great chance to make the final if he continues to hold serve the way he has been. Of course, Norrie will need to do so more than ever to prevail in this match. Norrie has a chance to make his first ever ATP singles final appearance. Norrie has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
I think it’s fair to say that Struff is the better player at the moment, but I’m not sure how much he has left in the tank after playing three hours less than 24 hours ago. We see power servers breakdown in the following match after playing a marathon match. Norrie has a clear rest advantage here, and he’s put together some impressive play in his own right. Not to mention Norrie will have the crowd behind him as well, which is key for a guy trying to make his first career final.
I give Norrie the slight edge to win this match.