These two players have already played three times between 2017 and 2020. Novak Djokovic has always won.
Novak Djokovic is playing this Masters 1000 for the fourteenth time in his career. He has reached the semi-final 7 times (including last year when he was eliminated) and the final 6 times. Finally, he has only managed to win this title once (2018).
Jan-Lennard Struff, for his part, plays in the final draw in Cincinnati for the second year in a row. Last season, he didn’t manage to get past the round 3 (defeat against Medvedev).
In this edition
In this edition, Novak Djokovic defeated Ricardas Berankis and then Tennys Sandgren.
As for Jan-Lennard Struff, he took the liberty of cooling down from Alex De Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin. That’s all he did.
Novak Djokovic was diminished in his first match. He had a discomfort in the neck area. In his next match against Sandgren, we didn’t detect any abnormality in his neck (and he didn’t use the physio). So you can tell when he is well. The world number 1 has clearly managed to take his level up a notch. Almost never in difficulty on his service games, he showed a certain ease in the rallies. And yet, it was hitting hard in the face (well, when it wasn’t a direct fault… Hello Sandgren).
Jan-Lennard Struff has been incredible since the beginning of the week. The German has decided to keep a very offensive state of mind. He attacked his opponents, whether on light serves or on balls that were too neutral. His striking power associated with this fast surface was a great help in this systematic search for the winning shot.
Unfortunately, I believe that Jan-Lennard Struff will find someone better than him for this new match. Apart from the fact that Novak Djokovic knows how to be very regular on his service games, he also knows how to play against these punchers of the circuit. The world number 1 will also be able to use his variations, his early ball catches and his side changes to get into the German’s head and subdue him. Oh yes.
Jan-Lennard Struff has delighted me since the beginning of this tournament. And I have to admit that I wouldn’t be against him imposing himself here so that he can continue this great adventure. But I am afraid that “Nole” will make him understand that he is the boss. Huh, who’s the boss?!
Prediction: Novak Djokovic wins