Reilly Opelka vs. Casper Ruud
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
River Oaks Country Club
The Line: Ruud +103 / Opelka -117 -- Over/Under:
Reilly Opelka and Casper Ruud meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
Reilly Opelka is coming off a third round exit in Miami and has to be confident as he’s ever been considering he’s won 13 of his last 17 matches won you include qualifying and challenger matches. Opelka is serving at a very high level and doesn’t seem to get down on himself when he has a bad game. Opelka digs deep and finds a way to grind out victories, and he’s won seven of his last eight matches that have gone the distance. Opelka is clearly playing some of his most consistent tennis of his life and he has a good chance to continue that with him still on US soil and becoming a crowd favorite. Opelka has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.
Casper Ruud is coming off a straight sets win over Hugo Dellien that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Ruud won 78 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Ruud won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Ruud got 69 percent of his first serves in play and was broken just once in his victory. If that’s a performance Ruud can continue, he has a shot to make an even deeper run in this tournament. Ruud has a shot to win back-to-back matches on the main tour for the third time this year. Ruud has won six of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was in 2017 Australian Open qualifying, a match Opelka won in straight sets. The match took 22 games to be decided.
Ruud has a chance to win this match if he’s going to serve here the way he did in his opener. This match would then be decided in the tiebreaks where the margin for error is so slim. With that said, I’m still giving Opelka the edge. He’s been the more consistent player, I trust his serve more and he has the extra boost of energy with the American crowd behind him.
Opelka continues what has been his breakout season up to this point.