German tennis player Jan-Lennard Struff has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP Sofia Open. At this stage of the tournament, Jan-Lennard Struff will take on Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Stefanos Tsitsipas had an incredible Australian Open where he made it to the semifinals of the event. During the campaign, Tsitsipas played incredible well including a big win over Roger Federer. Stefanos Tsitsipas had a very strong 2018 season where he won the ATP Stockholm Open and the ATP Next Gen Finals. These strong recent results have moved Tsitsipas into 12th spot on the world rankings and his speed and shot power is making him very hard to play against.
On the other side of the court, Jan-Lennard Struff won his opening round match in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Struff as he won 100% of his service games while breaking his opponents serve on 2 occasions. It has been a decent start to 2019 for Jan-Lennard Struff as he made the semifinals of the ATP Auckland Open early in January. That being, Struff is yet to play against an opponent ranked in the top 15 meaning he has not been tested against a player of Stefanos Tsitsipas’s level.
Jan-Lennard Struff and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played have played once in the past. The match was played in 2017 at the Genova Challenger where Stefanos Tsitsipas won in straight sets.
With all the information taken into consideration, I am going to pick Stefanos Tsitsipas to win this match. Struff has had a decent start to 2019 but Tsitsipas has exploded the scene this season after his Australian Open campaign. Stefanos Tsitsipas is a much stronger player and is looking very confident after winning against opponents like Roger Federer. I see Stefanos Tsitsipas winning this match with some ease.