TennisSection previews the 2021 Gstaad Open as Casper Ruud (3) takes on Benoit Paire (6) in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, July 23rd, 2021.
Will Benoit Paire get a huge win under his belt after having had a tough 2021 season and gain some more confidence in himself? Will Casper Ruud continue to cruise through his matches on clay as he keeps his back to back title hopes alive here at the 2021 Gstaad Open. Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Gstaad Open. Who will it be?
Benoit Paire did not have to do much in his Second Round match against Tallon Griekspoor, winning the first set 6-4 and then winning the match due to Tallon retiring before the second set with an injury. Benoit Paire will know that he did not win the match fully but he will be happy nonetheless because it is not another loss on his record his year. Benoit Paire will know he now has to come out at his best as he meets the very in form clay-courter, Casper Ruud, who will definitely give him a tough time here at the 2021 Gstaad Open.
Casper Ruud cruised through his Second Round match against Dennis Novak, beating the Austrian in straight sets 6-4/7-6. Casper Ruud is yet to lose a set in the last 2 weeks on clay and he will definitely continue to perform strongly in these smaller clay tournaments. Casper Ruud knows that his strong baseline game needs to be at its best as Benoit Paire will definitely try and hurt his rhythm, but if he can deal with it, he should win this match and make his way to the Semi-Finals and one-step closer to the 2021 Gstaad Open title.
Casper Ruud and Benoit Paire have met 3 times before, with Casper Ruud leading the head to head 3-0. They have always met on clay and they met just last month at the French Open where Ruud won in 4 sets. I expect for Ruud to know how to play Benoit Paire nowadays so he will definitely come out here ready to continue improving his game. Benoit Paire is definitely a threat to anyone at their best, but he has not met anyone good this week who really gave him a challenge. Casper is at his best at the moment and he will cruise through this match to make his way to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Gstaad Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud in 2 Sets.
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