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Jan-Lennard Struff vs Tommy Paul Prediction and Odds: Indian Wells 2023

American hopeful Tommy Paul aims to continue his top-notch 2023 season against the veteran German Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 64 at Indian Wells today. Below, you’ll see how we think this game will play out.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Struff vs Paul – Match Predictions

Below we give you our free betting tips for this game. We think Tommy Paul will win easily and that is why our predictions hoover around that assumption.

Total Games Under 21.5

We think that the game will have fewer than 22 games. The 2 previous meetings between the players that were played in the best of 3 sets format produced easy wins for Paul and on both occasions there were even fewer than 20 games in total.

In fact, Paul has won easily 6 of the 7 sets he has played against Struff so far and we think this trend will continue. Especially, considering how highly motivated Paul is to make an impression on home soil.

Paul to Win 2-0

The world number 19 and 17th seed Tommy Paul has played Struff 3 times before and he has won all of those 3 games without dropping a set. The most recent matchup was in round 1 of the 2023 Australian Open with Paul winning that 6-1, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

To back this prediction further we have to stress that Paul is having a breakthrough year and only a few months ago he reached his first ever Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne, again on hard courts. He also made the Acapulco final just days before the start of the Indian Wells so clearly Paul enters this tournament with very high ambitions.

Struff vs Paul Preview

Now let’s have a quick preview of both of these guys before this match commences tonight.

Jan-Lennard Struff

The world number 134 Struff is now 32-years-old and for many years he has struggled to compete against top 20 players. Struff is having a modest 2023 so far with first round exit from the Australian Open and lots of participation on the Challengers Tour.

In round 1 of the Indian Wells Struff showed character and came from behind to edge Qyentin Halys 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Struff’s display in this match was far from impressive though and he was very lucky to dig himself out of a big hole.

Tommy Paul

Paul is the world number 19 now after reaching the Australian Open semifinals back in January, where only the future champions Novak Djokovic stopped him. Paul also warmed up nicely for Indian Wells with a run all the way to the final on the hard courts of Acapulco where he was eventually beaten in 3 sets by De Minaur.

Paul received a Bye in round 1 as he is a seeded player.

Struff vs Paul Head to Head

The two already met once this year with Paul winning in straight sets at the start of his impressive Australian Open run. With this Paul leads the H2H 3-0 and he is yet to drop a set against Struff in these 3 matches between them.

Struff vs Paul Match Details

Indian Wells Doubles

  • Match Schedule – March 11th, not before 21:30 GMT
  • Venue and Surface – Indian Wells, outdoor hard court
  • Viewing Options in the UK – Amazon Prime

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Iskra

Iskra had a promising, at least she believed so, tennis and volleyball careers as a junior but a series of injuries ended her hopes to become a professional athlete very early.

Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.