ATP Shanghai / Struff vs Berrettini – The draw of the Masters in Shanghai is weakened with absence of currently World’s no. 2 R. Nadala, while on top of it first eight seeds are free in the first round. That is why choice of matches is limited on players who don’t belong to the very top of the ATP list, but nevertheless we have chosen for the second analysis of first round matches an interesting one between J.L. Struff and M. Berrettini.
Match Struff vs Berrettini begins 08.10.2019 at 08:00 CET
Struff plays again rather variably but it is a very motivating fact for him that he has managed to improve his best rating; two months ago he was World’s no. 33. The rating is not much weaker before the Masters in Shanghai and the German currently occupies the 37th place in the ATP rank list. In 10-year long professional career Struff neither managed to win an ATP title nor to reach an ATP final.
Out of his results from this year we can single out the fourth round of the Masters in Indian Wells where he lost to M. Raonic, and he also couldn’t pass the fourth round at the Roland Gaross where N. Djokovic was the impassable obstacle. He made several other good results including two semi-finals at 250 Series tournaments and the quarter-finals at the tournament in Barcelona that belongs to 500 Series.
This is by far the best season for Berrettini since the beginning of his professional career that started in 2015. Young Italian player had reached the 13th place in the ATP list exactly one month ago and he still occupies it. That is the best rating in his career and it can be considered as an excellent result given how the season started for him.
Besides the rating the Italian won two titles this season out of three in total. Berrettini won tournaments in Budapest and Stuttgart where he defeated F. Kecamanovic and F. Auger-Aliasime in the fianls. Besides, he played in the final of the tournament in Munich and the semi-finals of the US Open which is a respectable result. Based on this it is easy to guess that Berrettini has very good win/loss ratio this season and it indeed stands right now at 35-17.
Betting Pick: Struff vs Berrettini
The two players met only once before and that happened in Stuttgart this season where Berrettini won 6-4, 7-5. Besides, the Italian has better results and right now is in better shape than Struff, which is why is logical to expect him to reach the second round.
Pick: Berrettini wins
Odds: 1.53 at bet365 (down to 1.47 can be played)
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