World number 12 Casper Ruud takes on World no. 44 Dusan Lajovic in the Round of 16 of the Rogers Cup 2021.
Casper Ruud vs Dusan Lajovic: Match details
- Tournament: ATP-1000 Rogers Cup
- Match: Casper Ruud vs Dusan Lajovic
- Round: Round of 16
- Date: August 12th, 2021
- Prize Money: $74,000
- Venue: Toronto, Canada
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Casper Ruud vs Dusan Lajovic: Preview
Ruud has seen a meteoric rise on the ATP rankings in 2021. After a series of impressive wins on the clay, the Norway player has climbed to a career high ranking of No.12. The 22-year-old has a 29/5 record on the dirt. That said, he has only played eight matches on the hard courts, which came earlier in the season.
Although he reached the quarters of Acapulco, the gap between Mexico and Canada might dictate terms negatively. In his first-round clash, he edged past Marin Cilic in a 3 setter that ended 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Lajovic comes into this clash with a series of poor results under his belt before the tournament started. For the first seven months of the year, the Serb has dealt with several early-round exits and that might continue to hinder his progress in this tournament as well.
With six wins and as many losses on the hard courts for 2021, it would have been tough to see him creating any impact in Toronto this week. However, he turned that all around as he knocked out 9th seed Felix Auger Aliassime with a straight-set victory in the first round.
Casper Ruud vs Dusan Lajovic: Head to Head
Casper and Dusan have only faced off once before, at the Argentina Open in 2020. Ruud emerged victorious in straight sets to move to the semi-final.
Casper Ruud vs Dusan Lajovic: Prediction
Norwegian Ruud enters the match as a clear favourite and is expected to brush aside his opposition and make a deep run into the tournament. All Dusan can hope for is a miracle like he pulled off in the first round by knocking out the 9th seed.
Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in straight sets.
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