Mikhail Kukushkin vs. Jay-Lennard Struff
|Date & Time||Saturday July 6, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
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German tennis player, Jay-Lennard Struff has made it into the third round at Wimbledon. At this stage of the tournament, Jay-Lennard Struff is set to play against Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan.
Mikhail Kukushkin had a big win in the previous round as he defeated the number 9 seed, John Isner. It was a 5 set marathon where Kukushkin showed his endurance and skills to eliminate a very accomplished player. During the win, Mikhail Kukushkin received serve exceptionally well. Kukushin was won over 33% of his receiving points which allowed him to win 4 return games. Breaking John Isner’s serve on grass is a very tough task and Mikhail Kukushkin did it on multiple occasions. The serving was also impressive from Mikhail Kukushkin as he won 96% of his service games.
On the other side of the coin, Jay-Lennard Struff defeated Taylor Fritz in 4 sets in the previous round. Struff dominated most of the match with his serving. Struff hit 22 aces which aided him in winning 73% of his service points. During the win, Jay-Lennard Struff won 95% of his service games and 3 return games.
Jay-Lennard Struff has been in good form as he made the fourth round at the French Open and the semifinal of the Stuttgart Open.
Mikhail Kukushkin and Jay-Lennard Struff have played each other 3 times in the past. Struff has won on all 3 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at the Paris Masters where Jay-Lennard Struff won in straight sets. All 3 previous matches between Mikhail Kukushkin and Jay-Lennard Struff have been played on hard courts.
Both Mikhail Kukushkin and Jay-Lennard Struff have had good tournaments and both will be optimistic about their chances of winning this match. That being said, I am going to pick Jay-Lennard Struff to get the victory. Stuff has played better tennis on grass this season as the German looked good in tournaments prior to this event. Mikhail Kukushkin, in contrast, has been in poor form prior to arriving at Wimbledon. Jay-Lennard Struff is unbeaten against Mikhail Kukushkin and I see the German winning his fourth head-to-head match against the Kazakhstani.