ATP Cup 2022: Denis Shapovalov vs. Jan-Lennard Struff Tennis Pick and Prediction

ATP Cup 2022: Denis Shapovalov vs. Jan-Lennard Struff Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 ATP Cup as Denis Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday January 6th, 2022 at 2:30am EST.

Team Canada will meet Team Germany at the 2022 ATP Cup with both teams in desperate need of a win if they are to keep their hopes of qualifying alive. After mixed starts to the event here in Sydney they will both be hoping for a more consistent showing here in this tie. Denis Shapovalov and Jan-Lennard Struff will do battle in the #2 Singles spot and are hoping to get the all-important point for their teams. Who will get the win here at the ATP Cup?

Denis Shapovalov is the 14th ranked player in the world and is Canada’s number two player here at the 2022 ATP Cup. The talented young lefty will be hoping for a strong 2022 season to catapult him back into the top 10, a stage that he reached last year. The Australian Open will be his first opportunity to make his mark on the season but he started slowly here in Sydney, going down in two tough sets to Dan Evans. It was a high quality match but he made too many unforced errors and that is always going to hurt especially against a seasoned veteran. He has a very winnable match here against Jan-Lennard Struff next and will be hoping to get his tournament turned around.

Jan-Lennard Struff is ranked #51 in the world and like his opponent Denis Shapovalov will be hoping for an improved 2021 season to get his ranking back to where it belongs. Struff is a very talented player with some major weapons in his serve and forehand, but tends to be very erratic and inconsistent at times, so it is very hard to know what to expect from him. He was impressive in his previous match, getting a very close win over American John Isner, a very impressive feat on this surface. With his confidence so high and Shapovalov coming off a defeat, could this be the time for the German to steal yet another victory here at the 2022 ATP Cup?

This will be the eighth meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour with Jan-Lennard Struff surprisingly dominating the head to head 5-2. Denis Shapovalov is the more accomplished player but he has always found it tough against the big serving German, something that we expect to continue here at the 2022 ATP Cup. Despite their history and his indifferent start to the 2022 ATP Cup, I am going with Shapovalov to get the tight win here. He is the better player at this stage in their careers, and I expect him to get things figured out very quickly. Struff has started well, but is simply too inconsistent to trust and I can see him going down here in three sets at the 2022 ATP Cup.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Denis Shapovalov to win in 3 sets

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