US Open 2021: Casper Ruud vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Casper Ruud vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Casper Ruud (8) faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the First Round on Monday August 30th, 2021.

Can Jo-Wilfried Tsonga call upon all of his vast experience and cause a huge shock by upsetting eighth seeded Casper Ruud here in the First Round of the 2021 US Open? The veteran Frenchman has had a rough time over the past few seasons as he has battled with loss of form and numerous injuries, and is approaching the end of an illustrious career. He is facing the young Norwegian star Casper Ruud, who has been one of the standout players in 2021 and has recently broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Tsonga is a crowd favorite at the US Open and will definitely have the fans on his side here, will it be enough to make this match competitive?

Casper Ruud is the number eight seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #11 on the ATP Tour. The Norwegian has been outstanding so far this season, notably winning three titles in consecutive weeks and reaching the Semi-Finals of both the Madrid and Monte-Carlo Masters-1000 events. His success saw him break into the top 10 a few weeks ago for the first time, and he seems destined for bigger things. He is yet to truly make his mark at a Grand Slam and with the year that he’s had, this could possibly be his year. He has been handed a good draw, and enters his First Round match against the French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the firm favorite. Tsonga is not the player he once was so he is not expected to post much of a challenge to the Norwegian, but with his experience and power should not be underestimated.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and after a long struggle with injuries and loss of form, finds himself ranked at a lowly #98. The former top five player has had an outstanding career and is a big fan favorite here in New York. However, he has seen his career dramatically affected by rankings and loss of form over the years and isn’t the dominant player that he once was. He has only won one ATP match so far this season and enters the 2021 US Open with a seven match losing streak. He is the big underdog here against one of the best players of 2021 in Casper Ruud but shouldn’t be discounted, as he is highly experienced and the crowd will undoubtedly give him some assistance. He is still capable of some entertaining tennis but it is very unlikely that he will be able to sustain the level of tennis needed to compete with his opponent here.

This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and this is a match that tennis fans will not want to miss. On one hand we have one of the most promising young stars in world tennis in Casper Ruud, and on the other we have one of the most-loved players over the past two decades in former top 5 player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. As much as tennis fans would love to see it, there is not much chance of an upset here. Tsonga is a far cry from the player he once was and he has neither the fitness nor the power to be able to trouble the Norwegian for long. As a very physical player he relied immensely on his strength and explosiveness when he was at his peak, however those have long disappeared. I expect Tsonga to thrill the fans for brief periods, but he will ultimately fall short here, and Ruud should win this match in three entertaining sets, advancing to the Second Round of the 2021 US Open.

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