Stefanos Tsitsipas v Casper Ruud Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Madrid Open 2021: Ruud Test for Tsitsipas

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World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas will look to continue his solid run on clay this season when he faces Norway’s Casper Ruud in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, May 6. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Casper Ruud match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Casper Ruud Head to Head

While these two players have never met at the highest level, there was one previous meeting on the Futures circuit in 2016. Tsitsipas had won that match on clay in three sets to lift the title.

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Tsitsipas 10-1 on Clay

Starting off with a first round bye, Tsitsipas had one of the most lopsided second round encounters one could have hoped for to get going even before the match began. Facing Benoit Paire these days isn’t quite the task it used to be and Tsitsipas came through as easily as was expected off him.

In a match lasting a mere 54 minutes, Tsitsipas romped to a 6-1, 6-2 victory and moved to round three.

Interestingly, Paire did manage to break the Tsitsipas serve once – that came early in the second set to level proceedings at 1-1 – but other than that there was no looking back for the Greek number one.

He raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and once Tsitsipas had adapted to a bit of a fight from Paire in the second, he raced to four successive games to close out the encounter.

Tsitsipas had come into this tournament on the back of successive appearances in finals of clay court competitions – he won the Monte-Carlo Masters and then fell to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona. A solid showing against a player like Ruud will brighten his chances of making a third successive final.

Ruud Aiming to Put up a Show

Earlier this season when Norway’s Ruud reached the semifinal at the Monte-Carlo Masters, he had become the first from his country to do so at a Masters 1000 tournament. Wins over Diego Schwartzman, Pablo Carreno-Busta and Fabio Fognini had punctuated that effort.

He is now aiming to make it back to back semifinals in three successive tournaments, having added another one in Munich, and two consecutive Masters events. And if his performances in the first two rounds are anything to go by, Tsitsipas will have to do a lot more than just make an appearance to win this.

Ruud started off as a slight underdog in his opener against Felix Auger-Aliassime and yet, dropped just five games in that win. And he followed that up with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka – the same scoreline as Tsitsipas’ second round win.

The match lasted less than an hour with Ruud getting himself two breaks of serves in each set to complete a facile win.

Tsitsipas v  Ruud Prediction and Tip

So Tsitsipas is a favourite, sure, but for Ruud to start 10/3 in this encounter is bit of a surprise. It also gives us a good chance on the games handicap market.

Tip: Games Handicap Ruud +4.5: 4/5 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Madrid Open will be played from April 27-May 9. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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