Vienna Open 2021: Casper Ruud vs. Lloyd Harris Tennis Pick and Prediction

Vienna Open 2021: Casper Ruud vs. Lloyd Harris Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Vienna Open as Casper Ruud (4) meets Lloyd Harris in the First Round on Tuesday October 26th, 2021.

The field at the 2021 Vienna Open is a star-studded one, and the First Round match between Casper Ruud and Lloyd Harris is an extremely high-quality one. Ruud has been one of the standout players on the ATP Tour this season and will want to put in another strong performance this week as he gears up for Turin. Can Harris cause the upset here and send the fourth seed packing?

Casper Ruud is the fourth seed here at the 2021 Vienna Open and is currently ranked number eight in the world. The Norwegian star has won an ATP Tour leading five titles and will have his eyes firmly fixed on a sixth. After breaking into the top 10 for the first time earlier this year, he has proven that it was no fluke and has been an incredibly consistent performer. He has an outstanding 49-13 record this season including 19-6 on hard courts, and has greatly matured and evolved as a player recently, being considered somewhat of a clay court specialist early on. In this type of form there are not many players that can beat him so he is the big favorite here heading into his match against the dangerous Lloyd Harris.

Lloyd Harris is ranked 31 in the world and is unseeded here at the 2021 Vienna Open. He has had a very solid season so far, with notable results such as reaching the Final in Dubai. He has been in very good form recently on the hard courts, reaching his maiden Grand Slam Quarter-Final at the US Open, and then reached the Semi-Finals in Antwerp last week, losing to eventual champion Jannik Sinner. Harris possesses a huge serve and big baseline game which are extremely dangerous weapons on this quick and bouncy surface, and he will need those to be firing on all cylinders against an in-form Casper Ruud. His opponent is one of the most outstanding players on Tour this season and Harris will have to be at his absolute best to get the win here.

This will be the third meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, with Casper Ruud leading the head to head 2-0. Both wins were on outdoor hard courts, with Ruud winning an extremely tight three setter a few weeks ago at Indian Wells. Despite Ruud’s huge advantage when it comes to form and ranking but as evidenced by their last meeting, Lloyd Harris is a very dangerous and capable opponent, and can certainly cause some issues on this surface. I think that Harris may sneak a set, but ultimately he will be unable to stop Ruud from advancing. Casper Ruud is in the form of his life and is playing with the belief and swagger of a top 10 player, and he will advance to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 Vienna Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in 2 sets

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