TennisSection previews the 2021 Acapulco Open as Casper Ruud (8) meets Daniel Elahi Galan in the First Round on Tuesday March 16th, 2021.
Can the Norwegian number one Casper Ruud get the win here in his return to the ATP Tour from injury? Or can the unseeded Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan cause the stunning upset? The players are almost 100 spots away from each other in the rankings, however the injury and the Colombian’s recent form may suggest that we are in for a close one here. Who will get the win and advance to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Acapulco Open?
Casper Ruud is currently ranked a career high #24 in the ATP World rankings, and is the number eight seed at the 2021 Acapulco Open in Mexico. He is off to a mixed start in 2021, highlighted by his abdominal injury that he sustained at the Australian Open. The Norwegian number one lost in the Opening Round in Adelaide, before a strong run at the Australian Open where he reached the Fourth Round. Unfortunately, he injured himself and has not played since. While he has a huge advantage in terms of ranking, some rust is to be expected, and it will be interesting to see if he has fully recovered. Ruud’s strength is in his movement, something that can be seriously hindered by an abdominal injury. He enters this match against Daniel Elahi Galan as the strong favorite, provided he is fit.
Daniel Elahi Galan is a Colombian player that is not well known to casual tennis fans. However, he has done well recently and finds himself ranked a career high #112 in the world. Usually plying his trade on the Challenger Circuit, he made it to the Semi-Finals at the Chile Open, defeating world number 57 Pablo Andujar in the process. He enters this match in fine form but it will be difficult for him to adjust to the courts so quickly, and he is expected to struggle here on a surface that he does not count as his favorite. Casper Ruud’s lengthy break will make this match more evenly match than it normally would, but the Colombian still has to be considered the huge underdog here. He is surely very confident after that Semi-Final run, but he is facing one of the top players here at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
The two players have faced each other on three occasions throughout their careers, with Casper Ruud leading the head to head 3-0. Daniel Elahi Galan has failed to win a set against the Nowegian who has dominated all of their matchups thus far. Both players will have challenges in this match, with the Colombian not being acclimatized to the surface after a long stretch on clay, and Ruud now returning from injury. Given his track record though, it is hard to go against Casper Ruud here as he is one of the best players in the world, and simply a better player than the Colombian at this stage. Galan is in the form of his life and is good enough to make it interesting, but expect Casper Ruud to win here and advance to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
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