Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Jeremy Chardy
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 2, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Jeremy Chardy and Jan-Lennard Struff meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Japan Open.
Jeremy Chardy is coming off a three sets win over Damir Dzumhur that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Chardy won 81 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Chardy won 65 percent of his total service points and won five of his six break points. Chardy showed great heart coming back after dropping the first set, especially for a player who entered this tournament losing seven of his last 10 matches. As long as Chardy gets free points with his serve and improves his first serve percentage overall, he’ll be able to break out of this funk just fine. Chardy has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since London back in June. Chardy has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Jan-Lennard Struff is coming off a three sets win over Marin Cilic that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Struff won 73 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Struff won 63 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on 12 break points. It was an overall impressive performance from Struff, considering he had plenty of chances to lose and consistently found a way to get back in the match and eventually win a third set tiebreak. Struff is easily playing some of his best tennis of the season with victories in 10 of his last 14 matches. With that victory over Cilic, Struff now has two career wins over top-10 players. The main question is how much Struff has left in the tank after nearly two and a half hours, and he’s playing doubles as well. Struff has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Struff has won both matches. The most recent match was in Marseille of 2017, a match Struff won in straight sets. Chardy’s only win over Struff came in the 2013 Wimbledon.
I’m not sure how Struff doesn’t build on that victory over Cilic, as he showed great determination and didn’t quite despite being broken late in the third set. Struff found a way to force a tiebreak and dominated it 7-1 once he got it. Matches like that can go a long ways for a player such as Struff, as it builds serious confidence and allows guys to play with some freedom.
I’m impressed, and will back Struff for another victory.