In an all Scandinavian contest Casper Ruud plays teenager Holger Rune in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Wednesday, June 1 . Get the live streaming options of this Casper Ruud v Holger Rune match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Casper Ruud v Holger Rune Head to Head
The players have met three times with Ruud winning all their meetings. All three meetings were on clay and all won in straight sets by Ruud. Their most recent meeting was at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year which was won by Ruud in straight sets.
Ruud Returning To Consistency and Form
After a good 2021 season on the clay, Casper Ruud was expected to perform well this year on the dirt and more so with the good run on the hard courts of Miami making the finals of the Masters 1000 right before the start of the European clay season.
However, the transition to clay was not particularly favorable for Ruud with early round losses through the first few tournaments.
Ruud seemed to hit good form before the French Open making the semis at the ATP 1000 in Rome and defending his title in Geneva right before Roland Garros.
His run here has not been without challenges being taken to four sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Frenchman’s farewell match and then needing to come back from two sets to one down to register an inspiring win against Lorenzo Sonego.
In his fourth round against Pole Hubert Hurkacz, Ruud was off to a flyer winning the first two sets 6-2, 6-3 but then a drop in level in the third saw Hurkacz win it 6-3 with a single break.
The Norwegian got his focus and momentum back in the fourth set as he was able to front run against the Pole to close out a four set win 6-3 in the fourth.
Rune Shocks Tsitsipas
Holger Rune made his debut on the main draw of the ATP tour in 2021 and was knocking on the top 100 in the rankings at the end of season.
It was an impressive clay court run for Rune defeating world number three Alexander Zverev en route to a maiden ATP title in Munich at the ATP 250.
Having never been past the opening round in the two times he has played at a major, it was an impressive showing by the Dane as he upset Canadian 14th seed Denis Shapovalov in the opening round.
Rune continued his run with a straight set wins over Henri Laaksonen and Hugo Gaston setting up a round of 16 against the 2021 Roland Garros runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, the strong favorite in the bottom half of the draw.
Both players played a strong opening set with a late break for the Dane seeing him clinch it 7-5. Tsitsipas did well to even out the match with the second set in his bag. However, just as it looked like the Greek was taking control of the match, Rune broke and served out the third set 6-3.
One wondered if nerves would be a question now with Rune up two sets to one, but there was no letting go of the intensity by the young Dane who broke twice to go up 5-2. Despite Tsitsipas breaking back and putting immense pressure on the Rune serve as he looked to serve out at 5-4, the Dane held strong and closed out the match in four sets making it the first time since 1994 that two teenagers in the men’s draw make the final eight at Roland Garros.
Ruud v Rune Prediction and Tip
Holger Rune has made his first ever major quarter-final and is riding with momentum coming off the big win against Tsitsipas. However, it remains to be seen how much is left in him especially mentally after a win like that.
Ruud on the other hand has also had his struggles on the clay courts this year but has been getting back to himself on the dirt in recent matches.
While both are new to the biggest stage in the sport, Ruud has been around longer and should be able to dictate terms better in this quarter-final matchup.
The Norwegian to prevail in a four-setter.