TennisSection previews the 2021 San Diego Open as Casper Ruud takes on Cameron Norrie in the Final on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.
Will Casper Ruud move on? Will Cameron Norrie pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have two very in form players fighting for the title. Who will win the 2021 San Diego Open?
Casper Ruud got a tough win over Grigor Dimitrov today, needing 3 right sets and 2 and a half hours to get over the line. While Dimitrov has been inconsistent this year, he put on an inspired performance, and Ruud dealt with it brilliantly. He made few errors, and really went for his shots in the right moments, showing why he’s a top 10 player. It won’t be easy against Norrie, who took out the number one seed and the favorite for the title. Ruud will have to play similar to his semifinal match, except he’ll really have to make sure to not make any errors at all. He was very consistent against Sonego, but at times against Dimitrov he made some unexpected errors, and that’s what made him have to play a third set. Let’s see if he can stay consistent and win the 2021 San Diego Open.
Cameron Norrie got one of the biggest wins of his life to take out Andrey Rublev. He hardly made errors in the final two sets, ripping his forehand with great height and length. The reason he was able to beat him was his strategy, while it definitely helped that Rublev had his first serve percentage in the gutter and only converted on 1/9 break points, he kept the ball to his backhand with a lot of height, and as a result was able to pluck off the short balls with his forehand, changing direction beautifully, or simply getting some errors. He also hit his backhand really well, defending with it great and giving it good length. In order to take out Casper Ruud, he will have to play basically the same way that he did today, as he put on a great performance and he will have to do that again if he wants a shot at the title here at the 2021 San Diego Open.
Casper Ruud and Cameron Norrie have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. The two haven’t played yet, and it’s definitely a cool matchup. It will be interesting to see how Ruud handles the fact that Norrie is a lefty and can play a similar game of consistency and spin to him. One of the main reasons Ruud struggled against Dimitrov was that when he tried to bombard his backhand, he sliced it back really well and consistently, I don’t expect Norrie to do that as much, and to be honest, I think he will try to hit to Norrie’s forehand often, as that wing of his can be a little bit more unpredictable. However, he still doesn’t want to get into exchanges where he’s defending off his backhand wing from Norrie’s forehand. While Ruud is great in long rallies for the most part, Norrie is a tricky player and I think Casper will need to pump it up and really power through his shots sometimes, trying to take it to Norrie and go for winners, if he can do that whenever he gets a ball that’s a little weaker and not too deep, then I think he’ll be able to edge it out in a tight one and claim the title at the 2021 San Diego Open.
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