TennisSection previews the 2021 Vienna Open as Casper Ruud takes on Jannik Sinner in the Quarter-Finals on Friday, October 29th, 2021.
Will Jannik Sinner make it another match unbeaten as he comes into this tournament having won his last 18 sets on indoor hard court matches? Will Casper Ruud show the Italian that he is closer to making his way to the ATP Finals and he will not give up easily? Both players can definitely get a win here, but who will show us that when the chips are on the line, they can handle the pressure here at the 2021 Vienna Open?
Jannik Sinner played a great match against the local Austrian, Dennis Novak, beating him in straight sets 6-4/6-2. Jannik has been in the zone for the last two weeks, dominating all of his matches in indoor hard courts, and having won his last 18 sets in these conditions. Jannik is just reading the serve of opponents so well and he will know that if he can get far here at the 2021 Vienna Open, he will have a stronger shot at making his way to the Nitto ATP Finals as he is currently 10th in the race. However, he meets a higher ranked opponent in Casper Ruud who will not be easy to beat.
Casper Ruud came through a tough 3-set match against the determined and tough, Lorenzo Sonego, beating him 7-5/4-6/6-4. Casper Ruud was behind for most of the first set, and he will be very glad that he was able to get that set under his belt as he would have lost if he did not. Casper has shown some amazing tennis this year, breaking through, winning the 4 titles on tour along the way, and showing us why he is not just a clay courter. However, when it comes to indoor hard courts, like here at the 2021 Vienna Open, he will know he is in for a very tough fight against someone who loves these conditions in Jannik Sinner.
Casper Ruud and Jannik Sinner have met 1 time before, with Jannik Sinner leading the head to head 1-0. They met last year here in Vienna where Jannik won in straight sets. Back then, Jannik was the better player, the more known player, and he was seen to have more potential. It is definitely still the case that Sinner has more potential, but at the moment, Casper Ruud is higher ranked and has made more out of 2021 in terms of tournaments won. I expect for a tight match here, and if it was on clay, I would choose Casper Ruud. However, because of it being on an indoor hard court, and because Sinner has a better serve and backhand than Ruud, the Italian has the slight edge here at the 2021 Vienna Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Jannik Sinner in 3 Sets.
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