Casper Ruud vs. Daniel Galan - 2021 Acapulco Open First Round
Tuesday March 16th, 2021 / 10:40pm EST
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Eighth seed Casper Ruud of Norway faces unseeded Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan in the First Round of the 2021 Acapulco Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday March 16th, 2021 at approximately 10:40pm EST.
Can the young Qualifier produce the upset here in Mexico? Or will Casper Ruud advance here in his first match back from injury?
Casper Ruud is currently ranked a career high #24 in the ATP World rankings. The Norwegian number one lost in the Opening Round in Adelaide, before a strong run at the Australian Open where he reached the Fourth Round. Unfortunately, he injured himself and has not played since. While he has a huge advantage in terms of ranking, some rust is to be expected, and it will be interesting to see if he has fully recovered. His strength is in his movement, something that can be seriously hindered by an abdominal injury. He enters this match against Daniel Elahi Galan as the strong favorite, provided he is fit.
Daniel Elahi Galan is a Colombian player and has done well recently finding himself ranked a career high #112 in the world. Usually plying his trade on the Challenger Circuit, he made it to the Semi-Finals at the Chile Open, defeating world number 57 Pablo Andujar in the process. He enters this match in great form but it will be difficult for him to adjust to the courts so quickly, and he is expected to struggle here on hard courts, preferring clay. Casper Ruud’s lengthy break will make this match more evenly match than it normally would, but the Colombian still has to be considered the huge underdog here. He is surely very confident after that Semi-Final run, but he is facing one of the top players here at the 2021 Acapulco Open.
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this match. Galan is in the form of his life, and the heavily favored Ruud has just returned after a lengthy layoff. It remains to be seen if Casper Ruud is fully fit, but once he is, he should win this match with relative ease. The gulf in talent and ranking is large here, and it should show in the result. Casper Ruud to win here and advance to the Round of 16.