World number 24 Jan-Lennard Struff and world number 55 Richard Gasquet will on Friday square off in the quarterfinals at the Stuttgart Open. The winner of this tie between the two unseeded players will play either fourth-seed Hubert Hurkacz or unseeded Christopher O’Connell next. Richard Gasquet is up to 52nd place in the live ranking thanks to advancing to this round. He defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last round in three sets to register his 15th win of the campaign. Before arriving at the BOSS Open, Gasquet had lost more matches than he had won. He now has his win/loss record split down the middle. The veteran Frenchman has enjoyed playing on grass in his career and so far has a record of 80 wins and 36 losses on the surface. He has won one title so far in 2023 despite his struggles and is also a former finalist in Stuttgart. Gasquet and Struff have played each other twice before and the former was victorious in both.
Jan-Lennard Struff has rode the momentum from a successful clay campaign to his switch to grass. The German won 14 matches on clay culminating with him making the final at the Madrid Masters as a lucky loser. Having struggled on grass throughout his career, Struff has won both matches in Stuttgart without dropping a set. This should have him confident going into this tie with Gasquet where a win will see him equal his best finish here. Struff also defeated a higher seed in the last round with fifth seed Tommy Paul falling in straight sets. It was his 38th win in 53 matches played so far. Struff is currently placed as number 21 in the live ranking which is the highest he has ever ranked in the ATP in his career.
Our prediction for Richard Gasquet v Jan-Lennard Struff is for Gasquet to win. Gasquet has defeated Struff in both matches they have played each other thus far. He also is the better player on grass between the two. But with Struff possessing slightly better form coming into this match, we feel that a decider could be needed here.