Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili - 2021 Sardegna Open Quarter-Final
Friday, April 9th 2021
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Nikoloz Basilashvili (4) meets Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter finals of the 2021 Sardegna Open on Friday, April 9th 2021.
Will Nikoloz Basilashvili be able to make it to victories in a row after losing his last two matches before the tournament, or will Jan-Lennard Struff outpower the Georgian and make his way to the semi finals?
Nikoloz Basilashvili came through an extremely tight second round match, coming back from a set down against Jozef Kovalik, winning 4-6/6-4/7-5. Nikoloz really needed that victory as it looked as if he would be knocked out of a third tournament in a row in his first match. However, Basilashvili was able to maintain his composure in the very tight moments of the second and third set. Nikoloz is obviously nowhere near the level he was a month ago when he won the Doha Open, but I am sure he will be confident in his ability to go far here in Sardegna.
Jan-Lennard Struff eased through his second round match, beating Liam Broady in straight sets 6-4/6-2. Struff is very solid in these clay-court conditions and he has a lot of experience in his career, knowing exactly how to play against lesser opponents. Struff has a massive serve, and a massive forehand which allow him to win points quickly and prevents his opponents from getting themselves into rallies. Struff will be very confident here and he knows he has a very strong chance of making his way to the semi finals if he plays at his best.
This is going to be the 4th meeting between both players, with Jan-Lennard Struff leading the head to head 2-1. Basilashvili, if in his prime, would be a very tough opponent for Struff on Friday, however, he has dipped back in form and is back to his poor form. Struff is on top of his game and has played great in 2021, and he will be very determined to come out here and get the job done against an opponent who is struggling. Jan-Lennard Struff to win and make his way to the semi finals here in Sardegna.