Ugo Humbert vs. Casper Ruud - 2020 Paris Masters First Round
Monday November 2nd, 2020 / 8:40am EST
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Frenchman Ugo Humbert faces Casper Ruud of Norway in the First Round of the 2020 Paris Masters. The match will take place on Monday November 2nd, 2020 at approximately 8:40am EST. This is expected to be a huge battle between two of the most talented young players on the ATP Tour today. They have played twice before, winning one match each. Who will win here to advance to the Second Round?
Ugo Humbert has had a breakout season in 2020, winning two titles so far, including a week ago at the European Open in Antwerp. The talented young left-hander is up to a career high #32 in the rankings and will be looking to have a good week at home in France. He has a solid all-court game and his main weapons are his serve and forehand. He is equally adept at net, which allows him to play multiple game styles, depending on the situation. This versatility is a huge asset in today's game and allows him to be very flexible. He will be confident of getting the win here and advancing to the Second Round.
Casper Ruud has also had a solid season in 2020, but all of his good results have come on clay. He has won one title this season and impressively reached the Semi-Final of the Italian Open and will be hoping for a good run this week. However he is facing an opponent that knows him well, is more in form and is on a surface that he is not comfortable. His speed and defence are considerable weapons but he struggles at times with his serve. He will have to hope for his best performance in a while to have any chance of advancing here.
I am going with Ugo Humbert to win this match. He is fresh off the title in Antwerp and will be hugely confident. Add that to the fact that Casper Ruud is not quite comfortable on this surface and is in mixed form, all signs are pointing to a win for the local hero in the making. Expect Humbert to win in two tight sets and advance to the Second Round where he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas.