TennisSection previews the 2022 Rio Open as Casper Ruud takes on Francisco Cerundolo in the Round of 16 on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.
Will Casper Ruud get the win? Will Francisco Cerundolo pull off the upset at the 2022 Rio Open? This will be an interesting one, where one of the top seeds takes on a challenging first test. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2022 Rio Open?
Casper Ruud just played an amazing week in Argentina, taking the title by defeating Diego Schwartzman in the final. He had no problems finding his form again despite the ankle injury that unfortunately hindered him from participating in Australia. He has a challenging first opponent, but he should still be able to handle him in straights considering his form right now and the fact that he’s not just a top 10 player, but in terms of level a top 5 level player on the clay. I expect him to continue his excellent form to take down Francisco Cerundolo and move on to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Rio Open.
Francisco Cerundolo got a good win against Benoit Paire a couple of days ago at the 2022 Rio Open, taking him out in 3 to set up a much tougher meeting with the No. 2 seed Casper Ruud. In order to take him out, he will have to either play the tennis of his life, or he will have to hope Casper is struggling with a form of fatigue from his efforts last week. I don’t see that happening though as Cerundolo aims to stay in the 2022 Rio Open.
Casper Ruud and Francisco Cerundolo have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It’s a good matchup, with both players playing a consistent game, but Ruud possessing the weapons and excellent movement to go a lot further. I expect him to utilize all of that and take down the young Argentine to move on to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Rio Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in 2 sets.
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