Two young guns will go to battle as Casper Ruud takes on exciting teenager Jannik Sinner in the first round of the 2020 Vienna Open. This will be their first-ever meeting on tour.
- Tournament: ATP Erste Bank Open
- Date: 26th October 2020
- Match: Casper Ruud vs Jannik Sinner
- Venue: Vienna, Austria
- Category: ATP 500
- Surface: Indoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: Approx. €1,409,510
Casper Ruud vs Jannik Sinner: Match Preview
This matchup features two of the most exciting, in-form NextGen tennis stars on the ATP Tour.
19-year-old Jannik Sinner his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance at the 2020 French Open, he gave Rafael Nadal a tough fight for the first set and a part of the second, which is a commendable effort coming from a teenager. The 2019 Next Gen Finals winner also broke into the top 50 rankings for the first time, following the tournament.
Being awarded a wildcard entry into the main draw at Vienna, he will be fancying his chances against top-class competition featuring seven of the world’s top 10 players.
His opponent is the equally exciting Norwegian, Casper Ruud. With a peak ranking of 25 this year, he is now the highest-ranked Norwegian male singles player ever! His season has been impressive, with one title too, at the Buenos Aires Open. He has made deep runs into multiple tournaments including a semifinals appearance at the Rome Masters, losing to Novak Djokovic, the eventual winner.
Despite his good performances, Ruud is still a nervous player against higher seeds and players who could potentially cause an upset.
Casper Ruud vs Jannik Sinner: Head-to-Head
The two players have never played against each other on the ATP Tour. Thus, the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Casper Ruud vs Jannik Sinner: Match Prediction
Casper Ruud’s superior ranking and gameplay would normally give him the edge to win this match. However, his opponent is a big-hitter; Ruud has a history of struggling against big-hitters and may find it hard exerting too much of an influence in the match. The composure maintained by the young Italian will help him pull through this match as the victor.
Match Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in straight sets against Casper Ruud.