World number 27 Casper Ruud kicks off his 2021 campaign with a second round match against Jiri Vesely in the 2021 ATP Murray River Open on Wednesday, February 3, with the match likely to begin at around 2:30 pm local time (8:30 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Jiri Vesely match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Jiri Vesely Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Ruud and Vesely.
Talented Ruud Hoping for Better Hard Court Showing
Ruud is a clay-court specialist and the 22-year-old has already won an ATP title which came on red dirt last season. He was also a finalist at the Santiago Open before the pandemic struck and returned make it to the semifinal stage at the Rome Masters and then at the Hamburg Open.
Unfortunately, however, his performances on the hard court surfaces around the world, haven’t been as exemplary.
Last season, for instance, Ruud featured in seven hard court competitions, indoors and outdoors included, and won a sum total of four matches to go with seven defeats. A third round appearance at the US Open was an obvious standout but other than that there wasn’t too much to write home about.
Which is why coming into this second round match following an opening round bye could leave him a touch unprepared and hand the advantage over to his opponent despite being 40 odd places ahead of him on the rankings.
Vesely Consistent in 2020
Despite the kind of tennis season that was on display because of the pandemic, Vesely can look back at it with some amount of satisfaction.
Earlier in the year, Vesely came through to win his second ATP title, defeating Egor Gerasimov in the final of the Pune Open in a fighting three-setter. A first round loss at the US Open would have obviously hurt, but a quarterfinal at Sardinia and a second round appearance at Nur-Sultan to go with a semifinal appearance at the Pau Challenger made it a decent year for the 69th-ranked Czech.
After having gotten better of Portugal’s Frederico Silva 6-4, 6-4, Vesely will now look to take the scalp of Ruud. Given Vesely’s capabilities on hard court surfaces, it wouldn’t come as the biggest shock of the competition if he did manage to pull one past his 27th-ranked opponent.
Ruud v Vesely Prediction and Tip
While Ruud starts off as a favourite with an offer of 8/13 for his win, we would think Vesely has a decent chance of upsetting the apple-cart here. Expecting him to win at least a set.
Tip: Vesely to win a set – Yes: 1/2 (bet365)