Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France
Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Roland Garros 2019, France | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Tennis | Madrid Open 2023 | Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on in-form Struff for semi-final spot

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas [4] v Jan-Lennard Struff [LL]
  • Zhizhen Zhang v Aslan Karatsev [Q]
MADRID, SPAIN – Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to take advantage of a favourable draw as he takes on in-form German Jan-Lennard Struff for a place in the Madrid semi-finals.

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas [4] v Jan-Lennard Struff [LL] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Stefanos Tsitsipas [4] v Jan-Lennard Struff [LL] H2H: Tsitsipas leads 3-2
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After reaching the Australian Open final, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ form has been poor mixed with the mini-injuries that Tsitsipas had suffered during that time. Therefore Tsitsipas’ last two tournaments in Barcelona last week and Madrid this week was much-needed and would have come as a relief to the Greek as he continues to build form on the clay. A final last week has been followed up by some good wins in Madrid including three set wins over Dominic Thiem and Sebastian Baez as Tsitsipas now looks to make a major statement this week and emerge as Alcaraz’s closest challenger.

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Next up for Tsitsipas is German lucky loser Jan-Lennard Struff who is building form in the last couple of weeks. It started with Struff qualifying for Monte-Carlo and reaching the quarter-finals as he defeated Casper Ruud along the way. Despite not qualifying for Madrid, the German has taken his second opportunity well and is now into another Masters 1000 quarter-final. Now Struff looks to take his big baseline hitting as well as his clean net skills to the latter stages of Madrid as he looks to cause another upset in this clay court season.

Tsitsipas will look to use his serve to construct the points effectively exposing Struff’s backhand on this fast Madrid court. Meanwhile the German will look to use his forehand to test Tsitsipas’ slice and variety as he looks to take the Greek’s attacking options away from him. This will be a tough test for Tsitsipas as these conditions suit Struff’s game but the Greek should have enough confidence and quality to edge into the last four.

Prediction: Tsitsipas in three sets.

 

 

Zhizhen Zhang v Aslan Karatsev [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Zhizhen Zhang v Aslan Karatsev [Q] H2H: Zhang leads 1-0
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It’s been quite the tournament for Zhizhen Zhang who has beaten top 20 players in final tiebreaks. Firstly it was Cameron Norrie who was edged out by the world number 99 before Taylor Fritz was eliminated the following day in another last set tiebreak. China has made history on the men’s side this year with Yibing Wu’s rise up the rankings this year and now Zhang is looking to continue that success by reaching his first Masters 1000 semi-final of his career.

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However next for Zhang is former Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev who has burst back into form in Madrid. Since reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final, Karatsev has struggled for consistency as he fell outside the world’s top 100. However the streaky qualifier has now regained his form on his favourite surface and a win over Daniil Medvedev in the last round showed he can beat any player on his day. Now Karatsev will look to continue the momentum as he looks to reach the last four in Madrid.

Zhang will look to dictate play from the baseline by being aggressive and proactive, using angles to force errors from Karatsev. Meanwhile Karatsev will look to turn defence into attack by using depth and pace on the court as he looks to use his power on the forehand side to hit winners past Zhang. The big question will be how much Zhang has in the tank especially against a physical player like Karatsev as a place in the semi-finals is on the line.

Prediction: Karatsev in three sets.

 

 

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