Italian Open 2022: Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud Prediction, Head to Head, Preview, and Live Stream details for Rome Masters

Top seed Novak Djokovic will face fifth seed Casper Ruud in the semifinal of the 2022 Italian Open.

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud
Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud

20-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will be up against Casper Ruud in the semifinal of the 2022 Rome Masters. Djokovic is ranked 1st in the world while Ruud is the World No.10.

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud: Match Details

  • TournamentItalian Open 2022
  • Match: Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud
  • Round: Semifinal
  • Date: 14th May 2022
  • Venue: Rome, Italy
  • Surface: Claycourt
  • Prize Money: €249,740

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud: Preview

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic seems to have finally found his lost form. He started his season in Dubai with a quarterfinal outing after he was not allowed to play the Australian summer leg due to his vaccination status. Due to the same reason, he was forced to skip the Golden Swing too. He returned to tout at Monte Carlo where he lost his first match. He then bounced back at Belgrade with a runner-up finish in the Serbian Open. At the Madrid Masters, he lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz.

This week in Rome, he is yet to drop a set and won the first two matches comfortably against Aslan Karatsev and Stan Wawrinka. In the quarterfinal, he survived a tough test from Canadian 8th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime and won the match in straight sets 7-5,7-6(1).

Casper Ruud has had a mixed season so far. He started his season with a title triumph at the Argentina Open after he was ruled out of the Australian Open due to injury. He then lost in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters before bouncing back to reach the final of the Miami Open. Despite his highs, Ruud didn’t start on clay well, his favorite surface. He lost in the Round of 16 at Monte Carlo before reaching the last 8 at Barcelona. After yet another quarterfinal outing at Munich, he lost his opening match Madrid.

However, he has turned things around this week in Rome. He defeated Botic van de Zandschulp in the second round and followed it up with a Round of 16 victory over Jenson Brooksby. He then eased past Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinal in straights sets 7-6(7),7-5 to book a date with Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud: Head-to-Head

Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud

This will be the third meeting between the duo. Djokovic leads the H2H 2-0. They last met at the ATP Finals last year where Djokovic won in straight sets.

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Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud: Prediction

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Novak Djokovic

Djokovic will be the obvious favorite to win the match. The Serb has got enough match practice under his belt and is playing some high-quality tennis. He is once again taking charge from the baseline and is looking very solid on serve too. Ruud will have to defend for his life if he wants to get anywhere close to breaking Djokovic’s serve. Expect a tight match with Djokovic reaching his second final of the season.

Prediction: Djokovic to win in three sets.

Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud: Broadcast and Livestream details

  • UK and Ireland- Amazon Prime
  • USA- Tennis Channel
  • Australia– beIN
  • The Middle East and North Africa- beIN Sports
  • Central America- ESPN
  • Caribbean Islands- Sportsmax
  • South America and Oceania- ESPN International
  • Canada- TSN, and DAZN
  • Sub-Saharan Africa- SuperSport
  • India– Voot

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