Casper Ruud vs Gianluca Mager: Casper Ruud, third seed at the Marbella Open 2021 will face the Italian, Gianluca Mager in the second round on Thursday. Ruud is ranked 26th in the ATP Rankings, whereas, Mager is ranked 91st in the world.
- Tournament: Andalucia Open
- Match: Casper Ruud vs Gianluca Mager
- Round: Second Round
- Date: 7th April, 2021
- Prize Money: €8,770
- Venue: Marbella, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Casper Ruud vs Gianluca Mager: Match Preview
Casper Ruud received a bye in the first round by virtue of being the third seed. The Norwegian last played at the Mexican Open, where he had to withdraw from his quarterfinal match against Alexander Zverev due to an injury. Ruud has played only three tournaments this year, including the Australian Open 2021. He reached the fourth round in Melbourne, where again he had to concede the match due to an injury.
Gianluca Mager is coming on the back of a successful outing at the Challenger Marbella, where he won the title, defeating Jaume Munar in the final. In the first round of the Andalucia Open, the Italian defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets and has now won six consecutive games on clay-courts.
Casper Ruud vs Gianluca Mager: Head-to-Head
The duo have played just once against each other in the past, with Gianluca Mager leading the head to head encounter, 1-0. They faced off against each other at the Rio Open last year, where Mager won in straight sets.
Casper Ruud vs Gianluca Mager: Match Prediction
Casper Ruud had a successful clay court season last year where he reached the semifinals of the Italian Masters and the Hamburg Open. He also managed to reach the third round of the French Open, where he lost to Dominic Thiem. However, the Norwegian has been crippled by injuries this year and will be tested in his first round match against Gianluca Mager. The Italian is in top form and is expected to topple the third seed in a three set battle.
Match Prediction: Gianluca Mager to win in three sets
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