TennisSection previews the 2022 Argentina Open as Casper Ruud takes on Roberto Carballes Baena in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.
Will Casper Ruud get the win? Will Roberto Carballes Baena pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a the number one seed looking to put on a show on his favorite surface to grab a comeback win. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2022 Argentina Open?
Casper Ruud, unfortunately, had to pull out of Australia before the tournament even started after suffering an ankle sprain on the practice courts. Despite this setback, Ruud has since recovered and is still the number 8 player in the world who we saw make the semifinals of the ATP Finals in his debut there at the end of last season. He should have a pretty easy match ahead of him considering his head to head with his opponent in Roberto Carballes Baena, as well as the fact that he’s playing on the clay here at the 2022 Argentina Open.
Roberto Carballes Baena got a solid win to set up this meeting with the number one seed and top 10 player Capser Ruud in the Round of 16. He has a very tough one ahead of him as all odds seem to be against him. Ruud is easily a top 5 clay court player in the world right now, and with his head to head record against him, he doesn’t have much of a shot unless Ruud somehow puts on a very poor performance, perhaps as a relapse from his ankle injury down under. Let’s see if Roberto Carballes Baena can push the top seed as he aims to extend his stay at the 2022 Argentina Open.
Casper Ruud and Roberto Carballes Baena have met 4 times before, with Capser Ruud leading the head to head 4-0. Their first meeting came in 2017, followed by a meeting in 2020 and two last season. Ruud has easily dominated him on hard and clay courts for years, and it’s almost impossible to expect any other result aside from a clean sweep from Capser Ruud as he aims to make his comeback win and progress to the quarterfinals at the 2022 Argentina Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in 2 sets.
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