TennisSection previews the 2021 Munich Open Final as Nikoloz Basilashvili (5) meets Jan-Lennard Struff (7) on Sunday, May 2nd 2021.
Will Nikoloz Basilashvili be able to get a second title under his belt in 2021 in a year where he has either been a superstar or a rookie? Will Jan-Lennard Struff be able to get his first title of the year as he is continously improving on clay? Both players have played superbly all week at the 2021 Munich Open, but only one will win the title. Who will it be?
Nikoloz Basilashvili came through a very easy match in the Semi-finals, beating a very tired Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-1/6-2 as the youngster just did not seem to be able to handle the fact that he had to play two matches in a day due to rain delay. Nikoloz Basilashvili has had a very solid 2021 season so far even though he has lost in the first rounds of many tournaments this year. Nikoloz Basulashvili won the 2021 Qatar Open beating the likes of Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut along the way. Here at the 2021 Munich Open, Nikoloz Basilashvili has shown he is also very skilled on clay and he has won many titles on this surface in his past. How will the up and down Georgian fare against the power of Jan-Lennard Struff?
Jan-Lennard Struff also eased through his Semi-final encounter, beating Ilya Ivashka in straight sets 6-4/6-1. Ivashka had just come off the biggest victory in his career, knocking out the title favourite and World No.6, Alexander Zverev, in style. However, he was not able to keep up with the power and determination behind Jan-Lennard Struff’s strokes. Jan-Lennard is now the only German left in the draw and he will know that winning a tournament on home soil will mean a lot to both him and the fans watching. However, he now meets a player who he has had some very tough battles in Nikoloz Basilashvili in the Final of the 2021 Munich Open.
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Jan-Lennard Struff have met 6 times before, with the head to head split 3-3. They last met at the 2021 Sardegna Open where Nikoloz Basilashvili won in 3 sets 7-5/4-6/6-3. Here on the clay courts of Munich, although Nikoloz Basilashvili has more titles and experience of winning in these conditions, I think that Jan-Lennard Struff will come out here ready to give it his all to both show himself that he can win titles, but also to give the German fans something to cheer about even though Alexander Zverev lost in the Quarter-finals. Jan-Lennard Struff to win the 2021 Munich Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Jan-Lennard Struff to Win.