A mouth-watering contest is on the cards as 28th-seed Casper Ruud will lock horns with defending US Open champion and 3rd-seed Dominic Thiem in a 3rd Round encounter at the French Open 2020. Both the players are in tremendous form which certainly makes for an enthralling match.
Casper Ruud vs Dominic Thiem: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Ruud had an easy opening round match as he breezed past Yuichi Sugita in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, 6-1. However, in the next round, the 21-year-old Norwegian had to dig deep to overcome the challenge of Tommy Paul 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in a five-set thriller.
On the other hand, despite getting a tough opening round contest against former US Open champion Marin Cilic, Thiem showed that he is a Grand Slam champion for a reason. The 27-year-old Austrian first demolished Cilic in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 and then hammered Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 in the next round.
Casper Ruud vs Dominic Thiem: Head-to-Head
It will be a first meeting between the two men on the ATP Tour, so the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Casper Ruud vs Dominc Thiem: Prediction
There is no doubt that Thiem will end up on the winning side, however, there is a possibility that he might lose his first set at Roland Garros. It will be a herculean task for Ruud given that he played a marathon match in the previous round, still he is in-form and the Norwegian can snatch a set from Thiem.
Match Prediction: Dominic Thiem defeats Casper Ruud in a hard-fought, four-set encounter.