Ruud has inarguably been one of the best player on the clay court for the season. 22 wins to five losses is a testimony to his success on the dirt in 2021. The Austrian kicked off making the semifinals of Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. Later, he also won the title in Geneva, ahead of the French Open. Last week, Ruud won the title in Bastad as well. The 22-year-old has already beaten big clay courters in Stefanos Tsitsipas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Diego Schwartzman and Fabio Fognini in this year. Seeded No.3 at this event in Gstaad, he is billed as one of the prime title contenders.
On the other hand, the Austrian comes into this match after defeating lucky loser Kacper Zuk in straight sets in the first round. Novak was also seen last week in Bastad, where he entered the first round as a qualifier. The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed his time much on the dirt this season after consistent first round exits. Given his struggle, nothing much is expected from Novak in this week.
Casper Ruud vs Dennis Novak: Head to Head
These two have never met on the ATP tour.
Casper Ruud vs Dennis Novak: Prediction
The Norwegian will enter this contest as the overwhelming favourite. While the Austrian enjoys playing on the surface, coupled with his swift movement, the form and confidence of Ruud will be more than handy to see him through to the next round.
Match Prediction: Casper Ruud should win in two sets.
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