Ilya Ivashka will take on Jan-Lennard Struff in the Semi-finals of the ATP Munich Open 2021. Ivashka is currently the World no.107 on the ATP rankings and Struff is the World no.44.
- Tournament: BMW Open 2021
- Date: 1st May, 2021
- Fixture: Ilya Ivashka vs Jan-Lennard Struff
- Round: Semifinal
- Venue: Munich, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
- Prize Money: €12,000
Ilya Ivashka vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Match Preview
The twenty-seven year old Belarusian qualifier has created quite a stir by reaching the Semi-finals. Those who follow Ivashka’s tennis will know that he has been doing well on clay courts this season and it’s not a fluke. The first tournament on clay this year was the Andalucia Open, where he reached the Quarter-finals. Next up was the Barcelona Open where he qualified into the main draw and then reached the round of thirty-two, losing there to Rafael Nadal.
In the tournament so far, he has again come through the qualifiers to reach the semi-finals. On the way he has beaten Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round, Mackenzie McDonald in the second and the big scalp of Alexander Zverev in the Quarterfinals. His Semi-final opponent is German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Struff, who reached the Quarter-final of the Sardegna Open, is showing some good form here too. In the first round he beat Andrej Martin in straight sets, in the second he got the better of Dominik Koepfer and in the Quarter-final sent home the fourth seed Filip Krajinović, in three sets 6-4 4-6 7-6.
Ilya Ivashka vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Head-to-Head
These two players have met once before, at the GER vs BLR DC Qualifier 1st Round. An encounter that Struff won 6-4 6-4.
Ilya Ivashka vs Jan-Lennard Struff: Prediction
Ivashka has played some great tennis to reach this stage of the competition. His form is off the charts and confidence sky high. His victory over Alexander Zverev is probably the best tennis match he has been a part of, and this follows his Barcelona exploits where he took a set off Rafael Nadal. Struff has fought hard in his tournament. He has stayed calm under pressure and got the job done. But this is probably a step too far for the German.
Match Prediction: Ilya Ivashka will beat Jan-Lennard Struff in three sets.