Jannik Sinner vs. Casper Ruud - 2020 Vienna Open First Round
Wednesday October 28th, 2020 / 9:00am EST
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It will be a clash of two of the most promising Next-Gen youngsters in the First Round here at the 2020 Vienna Open. 26th ranked Norwegian Casper Ruud faces number 46 Jannik Sinner of Italy in what is sure to be an extremely close and exciting contest. Both of these players are tipped for big things and have been having some extraordinary results despite their young ages. Who will come out on top?
Casper Ruud is just 21 years old and has already broken into the top 25 in the world, an amazing feat these days. He won his maiden title earlier in the year in Buenos Aires and will surely be competing for Grand Slam titles in the near future. He arrives in Vienna in relatively poor form, losing in the First Round in Sardinia and Third Round at Roland Garros. Clay is his preferred surface and mot of his results have come there, but he has made strides in his hard court game and will be hoping to improve more in the future. His biggest assets are his quickness and defence which surely will have to be at their best against the ultra-aggressive young Italian. Ruud has generally struggled against big hitters so playing on these extremely fast courts will surely be a concern.
Jannik Sinner is one of the top young talents in the world and has been touted by many to be a top 5 player. Aged only 19, he has already stormed into the top 50 and is hurrying up the rankings. He comes into this event in red-hot form, narrowly losing to eventual champion Alexander Zverev in the Cologne Semi-Finals and the Quarter-Finals in Paris. He possesses a huge game with very powerful groundstokes, relentlessly attacking his opponents. In my opinion his biggest strength is his composure which is shockingly solid for someone his age. He rarely gives points away and has shown that he is able to compete with the top players in the world.
Despite Ruud being higher in the rankings I expect Sinner to win this match. He is in great form and this surface complements his game very well. The Norwegian number one has struggled against the world's top players and Sinner belongs in that category at this moment in time. He will be too much for Ruud to handle and should win in straight sets.