Struff vs Raonic / ATP Indian Wells – All participants of the round of 16 are known and we have chosen to analyse match between German J-L. Struff and Canadian M. Raonic. Struff made a surprise in the previous round when he eliminated the third seed A. Zverev, while Raonic defeated M. Giron.
Struff vs Raonic begins 13.03.2019 at 20:00 CET
Struff had the best rating in mid-2017 when he occupied the 44th place in the ATP list. His rating is bit lower now and the German came to Indian Wells as World’s no. 55. In 10-year long professional career Struff failed to win an ATP title and he was never a finalist of ATP tournament. He won five and lost the same number of matches since the season started.
Struff was close to reach his first ATP final at the beginning of this year when he reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Auckland. His semi-final opponent was C. Norrie, who was then 93rd ranked player in the World. Clearly, Struff should have used the chance to play his first ATP final but nevertheless he lost by 2-1 in sets. Struff couldn’t go further than the second round in all other tournaments he played this year and based on that we can conclude that he somewhat surprisingly go so far in Indian Wells.
Raonic is slowly getting into shape after injuries that plagued them in two previous seasons. However, he is still not old himself and that was seen in several matches with objectively weaker opponents where the Canadian often struggled to win. Ranoic had the best rating near the end of 2016 when he was World’s no. 3. His today’s rating is far weaker and the Canadian occupy the 14th place in the ATP list.
Raonic won seven matches since the beginning of 2018 and lost four. He played the best at the Australian Open where he reached the quarter-finals when he lost to L. Pouille. Raonic reached another quarter-final this year and that happened at the beginning of season in Brisbane. He lost then to D. Medvedev.
Struff vs Raonic PICK
Struff and Raonic met twice so far and each of them won one match. Raonic had an upper hand in 2017 at Wimbledon 7-6, 6-2, 7-6, while Struff won in Dubai this year 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. We know that both players have very strong service and break points are rare. Struff showed in the previous match with Zverev that he can win even the best so we have no reason to believe that he cannot put up a good resistance to M. Raonic.
Pick: over 22.5 games
Visina uloga: 5/10
Odds: 1.61 at betsson (down to 1.55 can be played)
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