TennisSection previews the 2021 Geneva Open as Casper Ruud (3) meets Tennys Sandgren in the Round of 16 on Wednesday May 19th, 2021.
Will Tennys Sandgren be able to get himself into the later stages of a tournament unlike his entire 2021 so far? Will Casper Ruud continue to impress after having played extremely well in Madrid two weeks ago, reaching the Semi-finals of a Masters 1000 twice in two years? Both players can make their way to the Quarter-finals of the 2021 Geneva Open if they are at their best, but only one will. Who will it be?
Tennys Sandgren has not really played much this year, having only won 2 matches and lost 5 all year. Tennys is a very experienced player at the age of 29, but his last good performance was 2 years ago at the Australian Open where he nearly beat Roger Federer. Tennys is an aggressive player, which does not really work too well on clay courts, especially slow ones like here at the 2021 Geneva Open. Tennys will know that he is meeting one of the best youngsters on clay at the moment in Casper Ruud, and that the level he showed in the Round of 32 where he beat Salvatore Caruso 6-3/6-4 will not be enough to get the job done here.
Casper Ruud has been great this clay-court season, putting on solid performances and beating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Semi-finals of the Madrid Open. Ruud is a great mover on clay and his forehand is so powerful. Casper has trained at the Rafa Nadal Academy and regularly trains with Nadal himself, so he is definitely well-prepared for any challenge that comes his way in an ATP 250 or 500 tournament. Casper Ruud took the week off last week to ensure he recovered and was ready for the Geneva Open, and I am sure he will not let someone like Tennys Sandgren cause the upset and hurt his form before the French Open.
Casper Ruud and Tennys Sandgren have met 1 time before, with Casper Ruud leading the head to head 1-0. They met in 2018 in Auckland in qualifying, where Ruud won in 3 extremely tight sets. Back then Ruud was nowhere near the level he is at now, and Tennys was in much better form than he is now. Casper Ruud will be very determined to continue improving his record of wins this year (16-6) as he looks to give himself the necessary momentum to have a great French Open at the end of the month. Tennys could keep it close if it was on a hard court, but on clay there is no chance.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud in 2 Sets.