The second half of the Clay season will commence as soon as Wimbledon ends. The season commences with the Nordea Open at Bastad from July 12-18. Casper Ruud will be the top seed for the tournament while Cristian Garin is seeded second.
The top half of the draw will be headlined by Casper Ruud. The Norwegian, who has had an amazing Clay court season receives a first round bye alongwith third seed Fabio Fognini. The top seed will face either Radu Albot or Holger Rune of Denmark in the Round of 16. He is drawn alongside 6th seed Italian Lorenzo Musetti who opens against qualifier Henri Laaksonen. The Italian teen sensation has been in amazing form this season and will face Elias Ymer in the second round. Musetti and Ruud could clash in an epic quarterfinal clash.
Fabio Fognini will be up against either Facundo Bagnis or Roberto Carballes Baena in the Round of 16. The Italian is drawn with 8th seed Emil Ruusuvuori who will play Mikael Ymer in the first round. Pablo Cuevas and Norbert Gombos are also in Fognini’s quarter.
First Semifinal Prediction: Casper Ruud vs Fabio Fognini
In form second seed Cristian Garin receives a opening round bye and will face either qualifier Dennis Novak or Pedro Martinez. He has been drawn with fifth seed Richard Gasquet who plays in form Marco Cecchinato in the first round. Argentine duo of Federico Coria and Francisco Cerundolo are also in Garin’s quarter. Garin is expected to face Cecchinato in the quarterfinals.
Australian 4th seed John Millman, who gets a first round bye will either face Pedro Sousa or Arthur Rinderknech in the Round of 16 and has been drawn with Czech seventh seed Jiri Vesely who opens against Salvatore Caruso. Vesely will face German Yannick Hanfmann in the second round.
Second Semifinal Prediction: John Millman vs Cristian Garin
The first semifinal between Ruud and Fognini will be a very tricky one. Both the players have exceptional claycourt game and will fancy their chances. Ruud will back his current form while Fognini will have experience of his side. Expect Ruud to just edge past the Italian.
In the second semifinal, Millman will be up against in form Garin. The South American has proved his clay court abilities and reached the second week of both French Open and Wimbledon. It should be an easy outing for him against Millman.
Bastad Final prediction: Casper Ruud vs Cristian Garin
The final between two in form clay courters- Casper Ruud and Cristian Garin will be a very exciting encounter. Both the players will be even matched and should push each other to their limits. Garin may just have enough in the tank to beat Ruud.
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