Jan-Lennard Struff (@2.7) vs Alex De Minaur (@1.48)
26-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Alex De Minaur will win
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Jan-Lennard Struff – Alex De Minaur Match Prediction | 26-10-2019 12:00

Alex De Minaur is back after missing the Miami Open and the beginning of the clay court season with a groin injury. Assuming De Minaur is healthy again, he should be one of the favorites to make a run in Estoril.

Jan Lennard Struff started the season in a positive way by defeating the former World #4 Tomas Berdych in Doha, but since then, the German has won just two matches which came against the opponents that are struggling to win matches at the moment, Kwon Soon Woo and Andreas Haider Maurer. Struff failed to win a match in Masters 1000 event (MD and Q) for the first time since the Indian Wells 2015 when he lost to Alex de Minaur at the Indian Wells two weeks back. This will be the first meeting between these two players. He has never returned from Miami without winning a match (four appearances) and reaching the third round in 2017 is his best result at Miami. Mikael Ymer has won 19 matches (19/5) so far in 2018 compared to Jan Lennard Struffs three (3/7). Apart from having the form and momentum on his side, the teenager has got the ability to challenge the German in this first round clash while Struff will be hoping to avoid a second straight defeat at the hands of a teenage opponent (Alex de Minaur at the Indian Wells).

Returning to the action earlier this season, Nishioka looked far from his best, and he was even forced to retire once at Launceston Challenger (left knee). The Japanese was consistently delivering results by winning over 50 matches for three consecutive seasons between 2014-2016 but could only play 26 matches (14/12) in 2017. It was here at Miami in 2017 where Yoshihito Nishioka injured his left knee during his second round match against Jack Sock, and his rapid progression has been halted ever since. He defeated an Australian opponent in the first round here in 2017 (Jordan Thompson). Nishioka is currently on a four-match losing run, and his recent three-set defeats against Stephane Robert (Burnie Challenger), Benoit Paire (Dubai) and Marcos Baghdatis (Indian Wells) are largely down to his lack of fitness more than anything.

Predictions

Hell face a tricky player in Yoshihito Nishioka in Estoril. Nishioka has come close to picking up wins on clay with back to back three-set losses in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Mackenzie McDonald showed that he could play on clay last week defeating Taro Daniel and Gilles Simon in Barcelona.

The Bolivian has played well so far this year and should continue to do well on his preferred surface of clay. Hugo Dellien had a decent week last week, qualifying in Barcelona before falling to Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round. This match should be close as both players have played on clay coming into the tournament and are ranked around the same.

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The teenager then progressed to the quarterfinal at Irving Challenger last week (defeated Marterer and Youzhny) and secured two more solid straight-set wins against Axel Geller and Ruben Bemelmans in the qualifying stages this week. Playing his first match since the Davis Cup tie against Germany (first week of February), Alex de Minaur fought back from a set down to beat Jan Lennard Struff but lost to the eventual Champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the following match at the Indian Wells last fortnight. His match against Struff at the Indian Wells two weeks back was his first ever main draw appearance in an ATP Masters event, and he will now be making his Miami Open MD debut when he takes on Yoshihito Nishioka this Thursday. The one month break he took after the Davis Cup seems to have helped Alex de Minaur improve his performance level as the teenager played too many matches at the beginning of the season, including the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff.

Mikael Ymer has won at least three matches in four of the five tournaments that he entered so far in 2018 (three Challenger and two ITF). Ymers previous and only appearance in an ATP Masters 1000 event came here at Miami in 2017 (as a wildcard) where he lost his first-round match to Robin Haase in straight but close sets, 5-7 6-7. The 19-year-old Ymer won six matches at ITF Bakersfield last week (as a qualifier) before losing his semifinal match to the top seed and eventual title winner Mathias Bourgue in straight sets. Mischa Zverev). He also won two Davis Cup singles rubber against Sergiy Stakhovsky and Artem Smirnov. The Swede will now play his first match on tour since ATP Stockholm in 2017, where he received a wildcard but faced a first round exit (vs. Mikael Ymer is one of the five players to have received a wildcard at the Miami Open this week.

Pedro Sousa is the more experienced player on clay, and hell have the crowd behind him playing in Portugal. I think this is the most intriguing match of the day. Sousa kept it close for the most part against Jaume Munar in Barcelona before falling apart in the third set, while Opelka went down quickly against Taylor Fritz.