The second round 2020 French Open match between Norway’s Casper Ruud and USA’s Tommy Paul is expected to be played on Wednesday, September 30. The start time of the match could be around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Tommy Paul match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Tommy Paul Head to Head
This will be their second meeting having earlier played on the hard courts of Washington in 2017. Paul led Ruud 3-0 in the final set of that match before the latter retired from the encounter because of a fitness issue.
Ruud Improves to 16-4 on Clay
Not that too many were expecting much of a fight from Yuichi Sugita with bookmakers having given odds of 1/33 for Ruud’s win in his opener. Tennis isn’t played on paper though and the manner in which Ruud ensured those proved to be spot-on odds would have warmed the hearts of his fans.
Ruud romped home to a stunning performance, winning 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, barely breaking into a sweat in that one hour, 33 minute long first round encounter. And with that victory Ruud improved to 16-4 on this surface this year, having earlier won the titles at Buenos Aires and Rio before back to back deep runs in Rome and Hamburg.
In both the latter tournaments, he fell in the semifinals to opponents who would go on to win the title, so no real shame there either.
What would be interesting to watch is if he goes on to win this one, he has a potential third round meeting with Dominic Thiem in round three. Thiem’s clay court exploits are well-chronicled but Ruud would have learnt and improved from his losses to Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev and that experience could hold him in a good stead.
For now though, it’s a matter of one match at a time and a convincing win against McDonald is what Ruud would aim for.
Paul Also a Rublev Casualty
Much like Ruud, Tommy Paul enters this tournament on the back of having played at the Hamburg Open and as a qualifier he reached the second round there. A three-set win over Kevin Anderson in round one was followed by Paul’s fighting, three set defeat at the hands of Rublev, who would later go on to defeat Ruud in the semis.
That aside, however, there’s very little in common between Ruud and Paul.
Paul hasn’t played too much of clay court tennis this year, having not featured in any of the Golden Swing tournaments before the pandemic hit and getting knocked out in the first round of qualifiers in Rome.
Which is also why a straight-set win over Paul over James Duckworth would be a confidence-booster, not just for this match but for the rest of the season when the action would move to his more preferred hard courts.
Here he faces a man in the form of his life on clay.
Ruud v Paul Prediction and Tip
Speaking of the form of his life, Ruud starts off 1/4 to win this but more vitally is 5/4 to win this in straight sets. Which is what we expect out of him in this second round.
Tip: Ruud to win in straight sets: 5/4 (bet365)