World No. 10 Casper Ruud will take on World No. 85 Roberto Baena in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on October 9, 2021.
Casper Ruud vs Roberto Carballes Baena: Match Details
- Tournament: Indian Wells Masters 2021
- Match: Casper Ruud vs Roberto Carballes Baena
- Round: Second Round
- Prize Money: $29,045
- Date: October 9, 2021
- Venue: Indian Wells, United States
- Surface: Hard Court
Casper Ruud vs Roberto Carballes Baena: Preview
Ruud comes into Indian Wells with all the momentum on his back, after making the finals of San Diego last week. In the process, he also beat former World No.1 Andy Murray in the opening round. The Norwegian has arguably been the most improved player on the tour this year.
While he impressed one and all with his clay-court performances during the European clay-court swing, Ruud also elevated his game to get the desired results on the hard courts. With deep runs in most marquee events, the 22-year-old has already cracked the top-10 of the men’s ranking. For 2021, Ruud has a 14/6 win/loss on the hard surface.
On the other hand, Baena comes into this contest after beating Renzo Olivo in straight sets in the opening round. Interestingly, the Spaniard was seen playing the Murcia Challenger last week, where he made the finals. Baena has played most of his matches for 2021 on the dirt, owing to which he is going to find it extremely tough to deal with Ruud’s shot-making.
Casper Ruud vs Roberto Carballes Baena: Head to Head
These two have met three times on the ATP tour previously. Ruud leads Baena 3-0. They last met on the clay of Bastad, where the Norwegian beat the Spaniard in straight sets.
Casper Ruud vs Roberto Carballes Baena: Prediction
Expect both players to occupy their respective baselines in this match. That said, Ruud has shown tremendous consistency from the back of the court this season, and it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard handles the top-spin forehand of the Norway player. Given Ruud’s newly, found confidence and momentum, he should progress ahead comfortably.
Match Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in straight sets.
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