The Ruud Awakening!

stringertom

Bionic Poster
World no. 94 Casper Ruud returns to action later today at the Monterrey Challenger in Mexico. The Norwegian has been seeded no. 4 for the singles event and will take on Emilio Gomez of Ecuador in his opening match.
Last significant HC competition for a while (125 points for the winner)...I’m wondering how many of the top seeds are making the much shorter commute to Houston on clay next week rather than the transatlantic schlep to Marrakech and beyond. Top seed Sandgren will try to defend finals points there. Ruud, Lorenzi and Granollers would be natural fits as would #3 López if he’s not too distracted by his new role as TD at MutuaMadrid M1K in early May.
 

Silence

Professional
Last significant HC competition for a while (125 points for the winner)...I’m wondering how many of the top seeds are making the much shorter commute to Houston on clay next week rather than the transatlantic schlep to Marrakech and beyond. Top seed Sandgren will try to defend finals points there. Ruud, Lorenzi and Granollers would be natural fits as would #3 López if he’s not too distracted by his new role as TD at MutuaMadrid M1K in early May.
Looks like CR is eager for clay, lost against this dude ranked 3xx.... did they give him an appearance fee or something??
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Casper Ruud returns to action at next week's men's U.S. Clay Court Championships where, in a first-round encounter between unseeded players, he will face the Bolivian player Hugo Dellien. The winner of that match will take on the no. 4 seed, Reilly Opelka
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A workmanlike performance from Casper Ruud yesterday in Houston where, in first-round action, he beat Bolivia's Hugo Dellien 7-6(7), 6-4. The very close first set was notable for a purple patch from Ruud who came back from 2-4 down to 4-4 and 40-0 on his own serve, winning eleven out of twelve points in the process. The Norwegian's first serve was an important factor in his victory and helped him save the only set point he faced when behind by 5 points to 6 in the tiebreak.

The second set was less competitive than the first because, from 2-2 onwards, Dellien was always struggling. When leading 5-3, Ruud had two match points at 15-40 on Dellien's serve but the Bolivian managed to save both of these, the second with the help of a netcord. Ruud then served out for victory in the next game, albeit not without a struggle of his own.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Interested to see the outcome of Ruud v. Opelka.

Match-up-wise it's hell for caspr, but this being on clay therefore makes it an interesting proposition. The type of match that would be decisive to win, both to build confidence and get the ranking into higher territory.
 

Silence

Professional
Interested to see the outcome of Ruud v. Opelka.

Match-up-wise it's hell for caspr, but this being on clay therefore makes it an interesting proposition. The type of match that would be decisive to win, both to build confidence and get the ranking into higher territory.
On clay he should win, but I somehow doubt he will considering Opelka is pretty confident these days.. if CR protects his own serve well, anything can happen. Opelka in 3, 2 of them breakers.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Interested to see the outcome of Ruud v. Opelka.

Match-up-wise it's hell for caspr, but this being on clay therefore makes it an interesting proposition. The type of match that would be decisive to win, both to build confidence and get the ranking into higher territory.
On clay he should win, but I somehow doubt he will considering Opelka is pretty confident these days.. if CR protects his own serve well, anything can happen. Opelka in 3, 2 of them breakers.
Hate to dispel the clay court superiority of Ruud myth...Opelka was 12-5 on the dirt in ‘18, including a Bordeaux Challenger title. Wins over Gulbis and Kec were part of his dirt CV last year.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Hate to dispel the clay court superiority of Ruud myth...Opelka was 12-5 on the dirt in ‘18, including a Bordeaux Challenger title. Wins over Gulbis and Kec were part of his dirt CV last year.
career: 81–56 vs 24–22

good peak, way less proven overall.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
This week’s Houston tournament is a good opportunity for Casper Ruud to gain points at ATP level without having to play a Top 20 player as early as the first or second round, and thus to continue his move up the singles rankings and gain direct entry into similar and bigger tournaments.
 
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Silence

Professional
Just saying RO can play on the dirt so giraffe on ice skates does not apply. In ‘18, 12-5 with a title >>>19-18 and a final, no?
Agreed, let me re-phrase (I was not aware of Opelka’s dirt results though, fair point). If CR is to meet his top 40 objective in (yes he said that’s his 2019 goal) 2019, he will have to beat in front of him in a 250 on clay, especially if the guy is ranked outside top 50.
 

Silence

Professional
Casper takes out Opelka :cool:

Herlig!

Granollers awaits in the quarter final... thoughts?
Federer should take notes on CR’s bp conversion set 2 and 3 ;)

Granollers has struggled to get past r1 lately but took out 5th seeded Fritz here, and then the Tank Engine of course, not sure if we can ever read anything into the latter.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Casper takes out Opelka :cool:

Herlig!

Granollers awaits in the quarter final... thoughts?
I'll be surprised if Marcel wins, he'll finally face somebody who can actually move properly on the dirt this tournament. Think Rudd will grind him down in straights.

Watching his first two matches here, I've thought that he'd lose the first moment he's up against a decent clay-court player tbh...
 
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Silence

Professional
Confident start from CR, 1-0 to love.
Marcel has Casper scrambling to make droppers, which he can’t.. :p 1-1.

2-1 CR after being under pressure at 0-30 and deuce. More droppers from Marcel.
 
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Silence

Professional
Casper runs down a dropper, tuning in to them now! Then a barrage of forehands breaking Marcel down brings CR to bp. Marcel sends a fh long and there it is. 3-1 Casper. Easy hold for 4-1.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Insane tennis by CR! Poor Marcel.
How rude of Ruud to do that to poor Marcel on his 33rd birthday, reminding him that he is just an Old Git trying to stand in the way of a Young Gun and getting trampled on in the most undignified manner!

Is the sleeping giant of Scandinavian tennis stirring once again to startle the tennis world??
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Grano was playing really badly.. i dont think Ruud will ever reach top 40.. He has a limited game, and is not good enough on the defence or on the backhand side.
 
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