Milos Raonic vs Jan-Lennard Struff - 2021 ATP Cup Round Robin
Wednesday February 3rd, 2021 / 10:00am AEDT
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Group A action continues at the 2021 ATP Cup with Team Canada coming up against Team Germany. Both teams have sent strong contingents to this event and it is sure to be a close and exciting tie. In #2 singles play, Milos Raonic of Canada faces Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. Raonic leads the head to head by 2 matches to 1, will Struff settle the score here?
Milos Raonic is currently ranked #15 in the ATP rankings and is a very experienced player, who has had much success on the tour. He has a career high ranking of #3, winning 8 career titles and is a Grand Slam finalist. He has one of the biggest serves in the history of the sport and it is showing no signs of slowing down. With his serve and booming groundstrokes he is able to challenge the very best players in the world. He had a relatively successful 2020 season, highlighted by a run to the final at the Cincinnati Open, and the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. He is one of the strongest #2 players in this event so Canada will be very difficult to beat if #1 Denis Shapovalov finds good form here.
Jan-Lennard Struff is currently ranked #37, not far off from his career high of #29. He has three ATP titles to his name and is coming off a poor 2020 season by his standards. He only had a 15-15 record and will be looking to have a bounce back year. He is a very dangerous player with all the tools but is very temperamental, often losing matches due to lack of focus. On his day is certainly capable of causing an upset here, especially if he is able to get a couple breaks, so this has the potential to be a good match.
I am going with Milos Raonic to win here. He ended 2020 in good form while his opponent struggled. He has heaps of experience and that added with his serve will be very tough for the German to overcome. I wouldn't be shocked if Struff caused the upset, but the smart money is on a Raonic victory.