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Holger Rune has never defeated Casper Ruud and hopes that it will finally happen in the semifinal of the Italian Open. The youngster is coming off a win over Novak Djokovic which gives him confidence that Casper Ruud may be the next victim.
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Holger Rune vs Casper Ruud – Match Predictions
This will be a fantastic battle between two Scandinavian players who are in search of their first final in Rome.
Casper Ruud +2.5
Ruud is not having his best season so far, but it can all turn around in Rome. Rune is having amazing tournament and is coming off a win over the World No.1 Novak Djokovic. This makes Rune a slight favorite in this match but if we take a look at the head to head matches, things look way different. Ruud simply knows how to play against Rune and he will definitely cover the +2.5 games spread.
Over 22.5 games
This is a unique opportunity for these two to reach the final in Rome and none of them will go out easily with stakes that high. This will be a long and tough battle which will go over 22.5 games and probably into the decisive set.
Holger Rune vs Casper Ruud Preview
Both players were among the top seeds in the tournament and have a chance to reach their first final in Rome.
Holger Rune is enjoying his highest ranking at the moment at No. 7. The 20-year-old is 26-9 for the season including 12-2 on clay. He is coming off an impressive quarterfinal win over Novak Djokovic by 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Previously in Rome, the Danish player defeated Arthur Flis, Fabio Fognini and Alexei Popyrin. Earlier this year, Rune won the tournament in Munich defeating Botic Van Den Zandschulp in the finals and lost to Andrey Rublev in the final in Monte Carlo.
Ruud is currently ranked fourth in the ATP rankings after he reached the second place last year. The Norwegian is 15-9 for the year and 10-3 on clay. He lost only one set on the way to the semifinals. He started with a straight set win over Arthur Rindernech, followed by third set tie-break win over Alexander Bublik. In the last two matches, Ruud had no trouble going past Laslo Djere and Francisco Cerundolo. Ruud already won one tournament this season, winning in Estoril in the final against Miomir Kecmanovic. This is the third consecutive time for Ruud to reach the semis in Rome and he is hoping for the first final.
Holger Rune vs Casper Ruud Head to Head
Casper Ruud has won all four previous matches against Holger Rune. All of the matches have been play on clay. The last one was in the quarterfinals of the French Open last year, with Ruud winning 6-1, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Holger Rune vs Casper Ruud Match Details
- Date and Time: The match will start on Saturday, May 20 at 15:00
- Venue: The match will be played on Pietrangeli
- Where to watch the match in UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom
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