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Norrie vs Struff ATP Auckland Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Norrie and Struff battle for maiden tour-level final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 10 Jan 2019
  • Cameron Norrie vs Jan Lennard Struff is live from Auckland on Friday, 11 January from 4:30pm local time/ 3:30am GMT
  • First meeting between Norrie and Struff
Cameron Norrie. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

A first tour-level final is on the line as British No. 2, Cameron Norrie takes on big-hitting German, Jan-Lennard Struff at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Friday. 

It has been a very promising start to the season for Norrie, who impressed with victories over Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Hopman Cup (his only defeat in singles' rubbers was against Roger Federer), and has now progressed to the last four in his first ATP World Tour event of the season.

Overall, Norrie has now reached four tour-level semi-finals, having made the last four in Lyon, Atlanta and Los Cabos last year, when he broke into the top 100 for the first time in his career. The 23-year-old was a relative unknown in the tennis mainstream at the start of last season, but he barged into the scene with a terrific Davis Cup victory over Roberto Bautista-Agut in Spain in February, when battled back from two sets down to beat the Spanish star. Apart from those aforementioned semi-finals, the left-hander also reached quarter finals in Eastbourne and Shenzhen on his way to finishing the year at 90th in the world. He is projected to move into the top 80 by virtue of his semi-final run in Auckland, and he could rise as high as the top 60 if he goes on to win the title.

Norrie has moved through the Auckland draw without dropping a set, beating Benoit Paire, Joao Sousa and big-serving American, Taylor Fritz to reach the last four. He out-aced Fritz 11-6 in Thursday’s quarter finals, winning 81% of points on his first serve and 52% on his second while saving all four break points he faced. He won the last five points of the first set tie break to take a tight opener, while he grabbed the only break of the match in the eight game of the second set before serving it out to book a semi-final date against Struff.

Jan-Lennard Struff. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
After falling to Jeremy Chardy in Brisbane in the opening week of the year, Struff has strung together three wins in Auckland, beating Laslo Djere (via retirement), Rubin Statham and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the semi-finals. While he came through his first two matches fairly comfortably, the German was made to work extremely hard in the quarter finals by former top-ten player, Pablo Carreno Busta, coming through 7-6 6-7 7-6 after three hours.

Struff sent down 22 aces, winning 83% of first serve points. The naturally aggressive German unsurprisingly did most of the pressing, but Carreno Busta held him off for most of the match, saving 13 of 15 break points, including six set points at 5-6 in the first set, and four match points at 4-5 in the third. However, Struff held his nerve to take two of the three tie breaks, saving a match point at 6-5 in the third, before advancing to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since September 2017. The German reached four ATP World Tour quarter finals last season- in Budapest, Munich, Tokyo and Antwerp, but failed to win any of them.

Currently ranked 58th in the world, Struff has never been ranked higher than 44th, which is a slightly disappointing given the power at his disposal and the damage he can potentially do at an ATP draw. He has his spells of brilliance, but he falls into the category of players who haven't quite harnessed his power with consistency.

His serve will be key on Friday as he takes on Norrie in search of his maiden tour-level final. Norrie is after the same thing, and given the way the Brit has begun the year, it is not beyond him to take down the big-serving German to advance to the Auckland final. 

Cameron Norrie vs Jan Lennard Struff is live from Auckland on Friday, 11 January from 4:30pm local time/ 3:30am GMT 

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Norrie vs Struff ATP Auckland Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Norrie and Struff battle for maiden tour-level final

Cameron Norrie and Jan-Lennard Struff meet in the semi-finals of the ASB Classic on Friday. Who will advance to a maiden tour-level final? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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