TennisSection previews the 2021 Austria Open as Casper Ruud (1) meets Arthur Rinderknech in the Semi-Finals on Friday July 30th, 2021.
Top seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud is the most in-form player on the ATP Tour and is currently seeking his third consecutive title here at the 2021 Austria Open. Ruud has been outstanding for this entire season, and is the massive favorite to advance to yet another Final. Can his opponent Arthur Rinderknech cause the huge upset and send Ruud packing?
Casper Ruud has been outstanding this yea, winning three titles and reaching two Masters-1000 Semis. Currently ranked #14 on the ATP Tour, he will break into the top 10 for the first time if he wins the title here at the 2021 Austria Open in Kitzbuhel. He is seemingly struggling with fatigue as evidenced with his sluggish performance in the pervious round where he was very lucky to escape with the win over Mikael Ymer after being down two sets and a break. Ymer actually served for the match before the miraculous comeback. Ruud will know that he has to do better here against the in-form Arthur Rinderknech but should be heavily favored here.
Arthur Rinderknech is unseeded here at the 2021 Austria Open and is ranked a career-high #91 in the world. The Frenchman has been solid this season and is now seemingly having his breakout tournament with a shot at the Final. He stunned third seeded Filip Krajinovic in straight sets in the Quarter-Finals, setting up this clash with top seed Casper Ruud. The Frenchman served very well and was able to control the match from the baseline. As good as he has been, he will have to be much improved if he is to avoid being Ruud’s 11th consecutive victim.
This will be the first meeting between the two players, and I expect this to be over quickly. To put it simply, Casper Ruud is the much better player here and is in outstanding form, and will come away with the easy win here. He clearly is fatigued and won’t be at his dominant best, but I think that he will dig deep to avoid another three setter, and will be very eager to get this tournament win and enter the top 10 for the first time. Arthur Rinderknech has been solid this week here at the 2021 Austria Open, but his run will end here. Casper Ruud to win in straight sets, advancing to the Final here in Kitzbuhel.
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