TennisSection previews the 2022 Nordea Open as Casper Ruud takes on Francisco Cerundolo in the second round on Wednesday, July 13th, 2022.
Will Casper Ruud make a swift return to winning ways at the Nordea Open? Or could he come unstuck against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo? While there is the possibility of the top players being caught cold at these low tier events, it is highly unlikely the Norwegian will pass up the opportunity to bag another title at an ATP 250.
Casper Ruud has an outstanding record at these ATP 250 events. His eight ATP Tour titles have been won at that level, including seven on clay courts. In fairness, he is the odds-on favorite to add to his trophy cabinet this week at the Nordea Open. The top seed will need to make a swift transition from the quick courts of SW19 where Ruud suffered a second-round loss to Ugo Humbert at Wimbledon. The Norwegian did not have particularly easy time on grass where he also fell in the first round of Queens to the virtually unknown Ryan Peniston.
Francisco Cerundolo made his main draw debut at Wimbledon at the end of June. But he was given a baptism by fire sort of introduction as he drew the 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at the first hurdle. Cerundolo competed bravely against the legendary Spaniard and even took a set from Nadal, but ultimately lost in four. Grass is a foreign surface for Cerundolo and he will not be too hard on himself given the terrific season he has had thus far. And he can only hope it will get even better at the Nordea Open ahead of his meeting against the top-seeded Casper Ruud.
Casper Ruud leads Francisco Cerundolo 1-0 in their head-to-head. The Norwegian halted Cerundolo’s irresistible run at the Miami Masters earlier this year with 6-4 6-1 win in the semifinals. Ruud has built on his reputation as the ATP’s MVP in these ATP 250 events and I don’t expect it to change at the Nordea Open. Cerundolo should be more comfortable in these surroundings, but it is hard to pick against the World No. 5.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Casper Ruud in 2 Sets.
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