World number 22 Casper Ruud will take on the 44th-ranked Alexander Bublik in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Madrid Open on Friday, May 7. Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Alexander Bublik match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Alexander Bublik Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between these two players, with Ruud winning their first that had come at the 2019 St. Petersburg Open.
Ruud Shock for Tsitsipas
Ruud called it the best win of his career and surely defeating the world number five and a player coming off a final appearance at the Barcelona Open would rate as one.
Making it doubly special was the manner of victory, with the Norwegian player winning 7-6 (4), 6-4 to make it to the quarterfinal of an event he hadn’t even qualified for before this.
Ruud, who had earlier defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime and Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets, was a distant second favourite going into this encounter against his Greek opponent but came through in an hour and 35 minutes to proceed into the last eight.
Where Ruud scored over his opponent was his first serve percentage which read a whopping 75%, even as both players won a whopping 80% of those points. Rather interestingly, such was the caginess of the encounter, there was a total of only one break-point in the whole match which came in the second set and Ruud converted that to get an all-important break.
He will now take on a player who himself is coming off a surprise win.
Bublik Crashes Karatsev’s Party
Much like Ruud, Bublik wasn’t quite the favourite coming into this third round match against a player who had been banishing everyone against him. Aslan Karatsev’s brilliance in 2020 had already seen him win a title on hard court (Dubai) and made the final of a clay court competition (Belgrade).
But Bublik proved to be way stronger on the day, crushing his Russian opponent in straight sets.
Needing an hour and 15 minutes, Bublik carved out a 6-4, 6-3 win over Karatsev in a match that saw him save seven of the eight match-points he faced. The one time he did get broken came in the first game of the match but from there on it was all Bublik.
He retaliated with a break of serve of his own, and then broke again as Karatsev served to stay in the set. In the second, Bublik went 4-1 up with a break in the fourth game, saved a break-point from that point on and completed the straight-set rout.
Bublik had earlier gotten the better of Marton Fucsovics and Denis Shapovalov in a season that had seen him make the final of the Singapore Open and the quarterfinal in Miami.
Ruud v Bublik Prediction and Tip
Ruud is a clay-courter, Bublik is building a reputation on it. Which is why it isn’t too surprising to see Ruud start off 4/11 to win this. Backing Bublik to put up a show, win a set but Ruud to come through.