Miami Open 2022: Maxime Cressy vs. Emil Ruusuvuori Tennis Pick and Prediction

Miami Open 2022: Maxime Cressy vs. Emil Ruusuvuori Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Miami Open as Maxime Cressy takes on Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022.

Maxime Cressy enjoyed an impressive start to the year Down Under, reaching his first ATP final at the Melbourne Summer Set as a qualifier. Cressy gave eventual champion Nadal one of his toughest bows at the tournament, losing 7-6 6-3 in the final. Cressy’s tremendous run of form went up a notch, reaching the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open where he pushed World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev pretty close in a four-set defeat. But since setting foot out of Australia, the towering American has had little joy. The big-serving Cressy has recorded three first-round exits, and none of those opponents ranked higher than 75th in the rankings. So clearly, Cressy needs an upturn in form at the Miami Open when he opens up against Emil Ruusuvuori.

Emil Ruusuvuri also produced a decent level of tennis in the first couple months of the year, reaching the semifinals at the Melbourne Summer Set (falling victim to Nadal’s hard court excellence) and then finishing runner-up at the ATP 250 event in Pune in early February. Thos results aided Ruusuvuori’s cause in matching his career-best ranking of no. 66 (which is just three spots away from his current ranking). A deep run at the Miami Open could be the tonic he needs to do that, but his task will not be a stroll in the park.

Maxime Cressy and Emil Ruusuvuori have not played each on the ATP Tour. Wednesday’s match at the Miami Open will be their first official meeting at this level. After a fabulous start to the season in Australia, Cressy is the midst of a mini crisis heading to Miami. Last week’s defeat to compatriot Christopher Eubanks has got the alarm bells ringing in Cressy’s camp. But I wouldn’t put it past him to turn it around. With a monstrous serve that can send shivers down the spines of his opponents, the American will always have the decisive shot in his arsenal to take matters in his own hands. Plus, his net play has become somewhat of an asset in recent weeks, he is just so tough to pass when he steps forward.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Maxime Cressy to win in 3 sets.

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