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The world number 3 had some problems in round 1, but came through. He now faces another brave and daring opponent in the world number 39 Jenson Brooksby. Despite the fact that we think Ruud should be progressing we don’t think he will have it all his own way. Below is a preview of this match and some betting predictions.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing
Jenson Brooksby vs Casper Ruud – Match Predictions
Ruud is known as a clay-specialist and yet he climbed to number 2 in the world after reaching the 2022 US Open final. Clearly he is quickly becoming an accomplished all-rounder. Now a closer look at our tennis predictions for this game:
Brooksby to Win More Than 1 Set: No
Brooksby is expected to put up a good fight. He might even win a set, but we don’t think he has the consistency needed to beat a top 5 player. With that in mind we don’t expect he will be able to win more than 1 set.
Ruud has issues on hard courts, or so many believe. He starts to change that belief and in 2022 he reached 5 ATP finals, including on the hard courts of the Miami Masters and the US Open.
Set 2 Winner: Ruud
Statistics from the past 10 years show that the top 5 players very rarely lose second sets of their Grand Slam matches against opponents ranked outside the world top 20. This happens in only 16% of such matchups. That’s the reason why we believe Ruud will put an extra effort in attempt to secure the important second set.
Jenson Brooksby vs Casper Ruud Preview
After making our Brooksby vs Ruud predictions it’s time to take a closer look at the two players individually as they enter Australian Open 2023:
Brooksby is making his debut in Australia this year, this despite him being on the tour since 2018. He had decent 2022 and back in June reached his highest ever singles ranking of 33. He likes hard courts and can hit some big serves. However, throughout all of his 4 years on the tour he had issues starting games fast.
He made a slow start in round 1 too and had to come from a set down to beat Christopher O’Connoll 3:1. He’s been doing that often and against a top player slow start could mean an end to a realistic challenge.
Ruud had an excellent 2022 despite the fact that he lost all of the 5 ATP finals he reached last year. Still being a runner-up both at the French Open and the US Open, plus reaching a Masters Series final is more than impressive. This firmly established Casper Ruud as a top 10 player.
Ruud’s form so far in 2023 had been somewhat shaky though. On the build up to the Australian Open he won only 1 of 3 matches. He also had issues in round 1 when 4 sets were needed against Machac. Ruud was tested in this match and several of the sets were close, but Ruud’s confidence is growing fast and in the end he was the deserved winner.
Jenson Brooksby vs Casper Ruud Head to Head
The only previous match between the two was on clay last May. Ruud won 6-3, 6-4 at the Rome Masters. Brooksby put up a good fight and the game was closer than the result might suggest.
Jenson Brooksby vs Casper Ruud Match Detail
- When will the match start? The match is scheduled to start at 01:30 am GMT on Thursday, January 19th.
- On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
- Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery+.