TennisSection previews the 2021 Swedish Open as Casper Ruud (1) meets Holger Rune in the Round of 16 on Thursday July 15th, 2021.
Top seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud will face unseeded Holger Rune in the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Swedish Open. Ruud has been having a phenomenal 2021 season, especially on the clay and is the favorite to claim the title here in Bastad. Holger Rune is still quite inexperienced, but he is one of the most promising young players on the ATP Tour and will be eager to prove his worth on the big stage. Can he cause the massive upset here?
Casper Ruud is currently ranked #16 on the ATP Tour, and is the top seed here at the 2021 Swedish Open. The Norwegian has established himself as one of the finest clay court players in the world, and has backed that up with outstanding results this season, most notably winning the title in Geneva, and reaching the Semi-Finals at both the Monte-Carlo and Madrid Masters-1000 events. How aggressive baseline game and elite movement make him extremely difficult to face on clay, and his serve has been improving rapidly. He enters this match against the young Holger Rune as the massive favorite, but will need to be careful here as this will be his first match after coming off the grass and an adjustment period may be necessary.
Holger Rune received a Wild Card to the 2021 Swedish Open, and is currently ranked #219 on the ATP Tour. The young Dane is one of the most talented young players on Tour, and has shown flashes of his potential recently. Still spending most of his time on the Challenger Tour, he will be hoping that this will be his breakthrough tournament so that he can establish himself on the main tour. Rune was very impressive in his First Round win over the experienced Radu Albot, shockingly coming back from a set and 2-0 down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The former Junior US Open champion showed maturity beyond his years in that win, and his confidence will be at an all-time high. However, he will be coming up against a whole new level of player in Casper Ruud, and he enters this as the big underdog.
This will be the second time that the two players have faced each other on the ATP Tour, with Ruud leading the head to head 1-0. They last played each other in Monte-Carlo this year, with the Norwegian winning easily, 6-1, 6-2. While Holger Rune has impressed lately, I see a similar result happening. Casper Ruud is simply too strong for the youngster at this stage in his career, and while he has enough quality to make it interesting, I see Ruud winning in straight sets. I expect big things of Holger Rune in the future, and he will almost certainly be a top-100 player very soon, but he will fall short here at the 2021 Swedish Open in Bastad.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in straight sets.
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