Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Lucas Pouille
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Club Weissenhof
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Jan-Lennard Struff and Lucas Pouille meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Stuttgart Open.
Jan-Lennard Struff is coming off a straight sets win over Miomir Kecmanovic that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Struff won 84 percent of his first serve points and 37 percent of his second serve points. Struff won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Struff got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved both of his break points and hit 15 aces. With a combined 29 aces in his last four sets, Struff gives himself a legit shot to make a deep run this tournament if he continues to serve at this level. Seven of Struff’s last 11 victories have been decided straight sets. Struff looks to win at least three matches for the third time in his last six tournaments. Struff has won four of his last five matches on grass court.
Lucas Pouille is coming off a three sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Pouille won 75 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Pouille won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 12 break points. Pouille got 62 percent of his first serves in play and saved four of his six break points. Pouille has been very consistent with his first serve through two matches and has been broken just three times in his last six sets. Pouille has a chance to win three straight matches on the main tour for the first time since making the semifinals of the Australian Open. Pouille has won four of his last five matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Pouille has won three of those matches, including the most recent in 2017 Halle. Pouille is 2-0 against Struff on grass. Struff’s only win over Pouille was the first ever meeting in 2013 challenger play. The last two matches went the distance.
Struff is serving well and has a chance to continue turning heads, but Pouille really impressed me in his last match and is playing arguably his best tennis of the season given his past struggles. I also can’t ignore the head to head numbers and the fact Pouille has won both meetings against Struff on grass court.
I’ll side with Pouille.