Struff vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 14, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Jan-Lennard Struff meet in the round of 32 in the 2016 Gerry Weber Open.
Roger Federer is coming off a semifinals three set loss to Dominic Thiem in the Mercedes Cup. This will be Federer’s ninth match since the Australian Open, as he continues to battle knee and back issues, things that kept him out of the French Open. Since returning, Federer has had his fair share of struggles with three of his last five sets being decided in a tiebreak. Federer hasn’t been as consistent with his serve and hasn’t moved as smooth as we’ve seen in the recent past. It will be interesting to see if Federer can get back on track before the Wimbledon begins. Federer has on 13 of his last 15 matches on grass.
Jan-Lennard Struff is coming off a second round appearance at the Mercedes Cup in which he was bounced by Gilles Simon in three sets. Struff has to be feeling good about himself after winning five of his last seven matches and just reached the final in the Furth Challenger. Struff also made the final in the Heilbronner Neckarcup, so he’s clearly finding his form on the smaller level and hopes to inch back to being a top-50 player in the world like he was a couple of years ago. A victory here would certainly be the highlight so far of Struff’s bounceback season. Struff has lost six of his last seven matches on grass.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Struff is playing decent tennis heading into this match, but he’s done nothing that provides confidence that he can beat Federer. Even if Federer isn’t at 100 percent, he should win this match in straight sets.