TennisSection previews the 2022 Argentina Open as Casper Ruud takes on Federico Delbonis in the semifinals on Saturday, February 12th, 2022.
Will Casper Ruud get the win? Will Federico Delbonis pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where the top seed takes on his toughest test yet. Who will move on to the final at the 2022 Argentina Open?
Casper Ruud got a great win over home favorite Federico Coria to take on yet another Argentine named Federico as he looks ahead to the 6th seed in Federico Delbonis. I think he’ll take him down in a couple of sets once more, but this one will definitely be more closely contested. Delbonis plays a good game on the clay, but he doesn’t have much offense, and with his type of gamestyle, Ruud will walk over him sooner or later, but I do think Delbonis will get a little bit of an edge in some of the rallies, allowing him to go deep. I expect Ruud to take it eventually though as he aims to move on to the final battle for the trophy here at the 2022 Argentina Open.
Federico Delbonis got a great win himself as he took on popular player Fabio Fognini, taking him down to book a spot in the semis against the no. 1 seed and the clear favorite to win the tournament. His chances aren’t 0, but he will have to adopt a Verdasco type approach to the game, where he uses his lefty spin to his advantage on the aggressive side of things. He will have to take it to Ruud, hitting a lot of crosscourt forehands and making sure to go a little flatter, finishing points off as opposed to waiting. Let’s see if he can stay competitive with the Norwegian as he clashes for a place in the final at the 2022 Argentina Open.
Casper Ruud and Federico Delbonis have played twice before, with the head to head being tied at 1-1. Their first meeting came a few years ago when Ruud was still young, allowing Delbonis to take a win to their head to head. Casper beat him in 2020 in a tight 2 sets, again, he was at a much lower level despite the breakout season he would have the following year. I expect him to need 2 tight sets here, since Delbonis won’t just wait for Casper to blow him away, he’ll try to be the initiator and it won’t work for him in the end as Ruud is just too strong at the moment. Let’s see what happens as the two will come to a heads for a third time for a spot in the final of the 2022 Argentina Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in 2 tight sets.
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