TennisSection previews the 2021 Cincinnati Open as Casper Ruud (8) meets Diego Schwartzman (10) in the Round of 16 on Thursday August 19th, 2021.
A highly anticipated match is upon us here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open as eighth seeded Casper Ruud of Norway faces the tenth seeded Argentinian Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the Quarter-Finals. Both men are small in stature but have hugely dynamic games, and are two of the fastest and best movers on the ATP Tour. Ruud has been on a tear lately, can he keep his momentum going by reaching yet another Quarter-Final? Or can the Argentine star spoil the party and get the win?
Casper Ruud is currently ranked #11 on the ATP Tour and is the eighth seed here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open. The Norwegian has really announced himself as a force to be reckoned with on the Tour by claiming four titles, three being back to back over the past few months. He has shown that he can also compete at the bigger events by reaching consecutive Masters-1000 Finals and sits on a career-best rankings. The Norwegian overcame a huge challenge from Reilly Opelka in the previous round, going the distance before he was able to pull away with tough run. He enters this match as the slight favorite over Diego Schwartzman but needs to be aware of how much of a threat the Argentine is.
Diego Schwartzman is the tenth seed here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open and is ranked #14 in the ATP world rankings. The Argentine has established himself as a top 20 player over the past few years, but can struggle at times with consistency. He had a fantastic three set win over Frances Tiafoe in the Second Round, and will be full of confidence here against his opponent Casper Ruud. He returned serve very well in that match, and was able to control the tempo of the match from the baseline. Schwartzman has the edge when it comes to experience and he certainly never backs down from a challenge, setting the stage for a very close match here.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with the Argentine leading the head to head series 4-1. Interestingly, Ruud won their last meeting earlier this year after losing the previous four. This has all the makings of a very close match and should be filled with solid baseline tennis and both men capable of getting the win. All things considered, I am going with Casper Ruud to get the win here. He has been having a fantastic season, and has more firepower than his opponent Diego Schwartzman. Schwartzman is a fighter and won’t go down without a fight, but I expect Ruud to get the win here, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Cincinnati Open.
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