Top seed Casper Ruud targets a third successive final when he takes on Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the semifinal of the 2021 Kitzbuhel Open on Friday, July 30. Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Arthur Rinderknech match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Arthur Rinderknech Head to Head
14th-ranked Casper Ruud and 91st-ranked Rinderknech have not played before this.
Ruud Lives to Fight Another Day
Top seed Casper Ruud kept his bid of winning a third successive title alive with a comeback victory from the dead. Ruud trailed Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-3 5-4 before he clawed his way into the match. He saved a match point while Ymer served for the match and went on to level at 5-5 in the second set.
But the Swede immediately got a second bite on the cherry and served for it at 6-5, only to be denied by Ruud’s never-say-die attitude yet again. And once the Norwegian had handcuffed his opponent by forcing a tiebreak, Ymer’s belief waned.
The World No. 14 dominated the third set, racing to a 5-0 lead before Ymer got on the board with a rare break of serve. Ruud, however, broke back for the victory.
Ruud has captured back-to-back titles in Bastad and Gstaad respectively, beating just one top 50 player in the process. This week he has extended his winning streak to 10 matches and will be odds-on to complete the treble if he can keep Arthur Rinderknech at bay.
Rinderknech Storms Past Krajinovic
If Ruud struggled to close out victory, Arthur Rinderknech was in overdrive as he stormed into his maiden ATP tour semifinal with a shock 6-4 6-1 victory over World No. 33 Filip Krajinovic.
Rinderknech took just 80 minutes to defeat his Serbian opponent, blasting away 72% of first-serve points, and 77% behind his second serve. And his ball placement was immaculate as Krajinovic struggled to counter the depth and width of the Frenchman’s groundstrokes.
Currently sitting at a career-high World No. 91, Rinderknech won 25 receiving points and did not drop his serve all match. In a week where he has already taken out this year’s leading match-winner on clay in Delbonis, he targets another scalp in the form of Casper Ruud.
After a pair of quarterfinal showings in Bastad and Gstaad, Rinderknech has broken down a barrier by reaching his first semifinal. Prior to this season, he had never won a match at tour level and only played one main draw (French Open 2020).
Ruud v Rinderknech Prediction and Tip
This match will most certainly boil down to two things. If Rinderknech swings freely as he has done this week with his first-strike tennis, he has a very good chance of pulling off the upset. And if the Norwegian’s arm injury persists, it may limit his weight of shot and topspin. Given that Rinderknech has only dropped serve three times during the course of this week, backing him to win a set should be a no-brainer.