World number 11 Casper Ruud will face the 117th-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp in the second round of the 2021 US Open on Wednesday, September 1. Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Botic van de Zandschulp match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Botic van de Zandschulp Head to Head
Ruud and van de Zandschulp have never faced off in a competitive match before this.
Ruud Routs Sugita in Opener
While clay is Ruud’s most preferred surface, he has shown enough on hard court to suggest he could be one of the players to watch out in the future. The winner of four ATP competitions this season, Ruud came through very easily in his opening round encounter against Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.
The Norwegian player registered a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory in less than two hours to advance to the second round.
Faced with only four break-points in the entire match, Ruud saved them all and then broke his opponent five times to claim the victory that took him past the opening round at US Open for the second successive time.
And having made it to round three, the in-form Ruud will fancy a shot at emulating that yet again as he takes on a unheralded and 117th-ranked Dutchman in his second round encounter.
Qualifier van de Zandschulp Registers Comeback Win
The match was gone for all practical purposes for van de Zandschulp as he fell a couple of sets behind to Carlos Taberner in his opener. How he came back from the dead to march into the second round of a Grand Slam for the third time this year should give him immense confidence coming up against Ruud.
Down a couple of sets, van de Zandschulp did well to hold on serve like dear life in the third set before getting a shock break as his opponent served to stay in the third set.
In the fourth, however, van de Zandschulp had to come back from a break down as Taberner served for the match at 5-4, winning three games in a row to level the match.
And van de Zandschulp then was down a break twice in the decider before levelling things off at 3-3, and earning a decisive break to make it a 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 win in three hours and 37 minutes.
Ruud v van de Zandschulp Prediction and Tip
While van de Zandschulp’s confidence following that kind of a win would be high, Ruud’s workman-like approach should see him through this one. The games handicap market looks like a good option for this.