Italian fourth seed Matteo Berrettini will face the unseeded Casper Ruud of Norway in their 2020 Italian Open quarterfinal on Saturday, September 19. It is expected to start at around 5 pm local time (4 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Matteo Berrettini v Casper Ruud match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Matteo Berrettini v Casper Ruud Head to Head
They have played each other twice before this and both matches came at Grand Slam tennis. In the first encounter, Ruud was a straight set winner at the 2019 French Open before Berrettini gained sweet revenge by beating him in the third round of the recently concluded US Open – also in straight sets.
Berrettini Wins an All-Italian Battle
Matteo Berrettini joined an elite list of Italian players to reach the last eight stage of the Rome Masters, with only four others before him to have done it in the last 20 year. And he did that by overcoming another Italian, Stefano Travaglia, in two hard-ground sets, winning 7-6(5), 7-6(1).
The fourth seed held an early break in the first set but Travaglia showed he was a deserving of the wild-card he had received by breaking back and taking the set to the tie-breaker. Berrettini took control after that, taking a 3-0 lead and then wrapping up the tie-breaker 7-5.
In the second set, Berrettini looked like he was headed towards an easy win when he took a 5-3 lead but Travaglia refused to go away, and that stickiness allowed him to break back. Another tie-breaker loomed but this time around Berrettini wrapped it up in double-quick time to finalise his quarterfinal berth.
The world number eight, who had earlier featured in a string of exhibition tournaments during the pandemic break, had reached the round of 16 at the US Open too. He followed that up with a first round bye before sending out Federico Coria in straight sets.
Raising the Ruud Bar Further
Earlier this year, Ruud had become the first ever from his country to breach the 100-rank mark in the world since his father Christian Ruud had done the same years ago. A few weeks later the junior Ruud made the final of an ATP event, again joining his dad in getting there as the only other player from Norway to do so.
And then Ruud defeated Pedro Sousa in his second ATP final, at the Argentina Open, to raise the Ruud household bar.
Now, by reaching the quarterfinals in a Masters competition, he has already collected an extraordinary list of records for a Norwegian and a Ruud tennis player! His previous best had also come in Rome, when he reached the third round last season but having gotten one better already Ruud will also add ranking points to his tally and mostly gain on his current ranking of 34th in the world.
Ruud got to the final eight beating Marin Cilic in straight sets, following on from his wins over Karen Khachanov and Lorenzo Sonego. An interesting contest in the offing against a player he has beaten on clay before this.
Berrettini v Ruud Prediction and Tip
Berrettini starts off at 4/6 but this could be anybody’s game. Ruud had gotten the better of his opponent in a best-of-five match on clay as recently as in 2019 and that, combined with Ruud’s form could be a telling factor in deciding this one.
Tip: Ruud to win: 6/5 (bet365)