ATP Cup 2020 – Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios on? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – not before 10:30 (UK)

What channel is Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Jan-Lennard Struff vs Nick Kyrgios? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Jan-Lennard Struff and Nick Kyrgios? Jan-Lennard Struff beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

JAN-LENNARD STRUFF

  • Jan-Lennard Struff ended 2019 as part of a surprisingly successful German squad at the Davis Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament alongside Philipp Kohlschreiber without the German number one Alexander Zverev.
  • Struff enters this contest as Germany’s second as Zverev has entered this tournament, and although the pressure in Madrid last November seemed to suit him, he, and Germany, will probably benefit as one of the stronger second options at this tournament.
  • 29-year-old Struff was the victor when he last met Nick Kyrgios in the second round of the Madrid Masters last year, and just five ATP rankings separate them at the start of the season.

NICK KYRGIOS

  • Nick Kyrgios’ season petered out somewhat last year after winning his second title of the season at the CITI Open in September, but he revels in international competition and won both of his contributions last time out at the Davis Cup last November.
  • Alongside Australia’s starlet Alex de Minaur, 24-year-old Kyrgios is part of an immensely strong Australian side that can go all the way at this tournament and he is an excellent team player.
  • While Kyrgios last lost to Struff, the pair share a 1-1 head-to-head record that includes a victory for the Aussie in their other encounter – playing for their countries in the 2018 Davis Cup.

THE PREDICTION

Despite the criticisms that constantly surround Nick Kyrgios, he has rarely failed to show up on the international stage. As one of the minority of players without a coach, the team dynamic seems to really suit the enigmatic Aussie and he is a an excellent team player on and off the court, as shown by his enthusiasm at last year’s Davis Cup and Laver Cup. Jan-Lennard Struff enjoyed what might well have been his best year on tour in 2019 and is a dangerous opponent with a cool head, but Kyrgios’ passion for team competition should see him take this opener.

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