Casper Ruud of Norway will take on Argentina Juan Ignacio Londero in their Argentina Open 2020 semifinal on Saturday, February 15. This match timing will begin at 9.30 pm local time (or 11.30 pm BST) on Saturday, February 15. You can find the Casper Ruud v Juan Ignacio Londero live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Juan Ignacio Londero Head to Head
This will be the second match between these two players with Ruud having beaten Londero in their previous meeting which was held at the Lima Challenger in 2016. It was a straight-set, three-game-loss win for Ruud and how he would love a repeat of that here, four years on.
Slow Start but Clay’s the Day for Ruud
After a couple of wins at the ATP Cup, Ruud’s season looked to be going into a tailspin on hard court surfaces. Daniil Medvedev beat him in straight sets at the ATP Cup itself to knock Norway out, before he lost back to back matches at the Auckland Open and Australian Open.
Ruud would have been particularly disappointed with his opening round defeat in Melbourne, where he came back from two sets down to take the match to a final set tie-breaker. However, Egor Gerasimov clinched it 8-6 in the tie-breaker.
It has taken that transition to clay which has helped Ruud to an extent. He started with a 6-2, 6-3 rout of Pablo Andujar, and then crushed Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-0 in double-quick time. And if Dusan Lajovic thought he could push Ruud to the distance after the first set went to 12 games, he was proved to be wrong as the Norwegian ended his chances in straight sets as well.
Londero Inching Towards His Best
A first round defeat at the Argentina Open last year, Londero has come back well to make it to the semifinal here. It shouldn’t surprise too many though given he was the defending Cordoba Open champion and made it to the quarterfinal in that tournament last week before falling to Laslo Djere.
What might have surprising is the way he defeated the tournament second seed Guido Pella, in straight sets, having earlier avenged his loss to Djere earlier here in the second round. With that, he took his win-loss record on clay this year to 5-1, having also won 27 of his 41 matches last year.
Londero, a former 50th-ranked player, is already inching towards his career-best, having already touched 61st currently and a win here should ensure a good chance of that to happen.
Casper Ruud v Juan Ignacio Londero Predictions & Tips
Ruud is an overwhelming favourite according to bookmakers with odds of 8/15 for his win but discounting out Londero is tough. A still, fighting three-setter looks most likely in the offing.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 7/5 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)