Christian Garin vs. Casper Ruud
|Date & Time||Sunday April 14, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
River Oaks Country Club
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Christian Garin and and Casper Ruud meet in the final of the 2019 tennis U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
Christian Garin is coming off a straight sets win over Sam Querrey that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Garin won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Garin won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 12 break points. Garin has been really dialed in these last two matches and has been sharper with his serve, which includes being broken just once in his last seven break points. If that continues, Garin has a real shot to close the deal on this tournament. Garin has a chance to win his first carer ATP singles title, and this is just his second career final appearance. Garin’s only other finals trip came last month in the Brasil Open. Garin has won eight of his last nine matches on clay court.
Casper Ruud is coming off a straight sets win over Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Ruud won 78 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Ruud won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Ruud has won each of his last six sets and has won eight of his nine sets this tournament overall. As long as Ruud continues to be consistent with his serve and hit his spots with confidence, he’s going to be a tough out. Ruud has a chance to win his first ever ATP singles title, and this is his first ever final appearance. Ruud has won seven of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two played once, which was in Sao Paulo of this year, a match Garin won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to be decided.
You can make a strong case for either of these players, and they’ve both had great success on clay as of late. The difference is Garin has been a tad bit more consistent with his serve and did just beat Ruud two months ago, which included three breaks and winning 68 percent of his total service points.
Toss-up match, but I give the slight edge to Garin to win his first ever singles title.