Casper Ruud vs Mario Vilella Martinez
July 28, 2021 9:30 am EDT
Top seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud will face Spanish Qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Austria Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday July 28th, 2021 at 9:30am EST.
Casper Ruud is the most in-form player on the ATP Tour at the moment, winning the last two tournaments that he played in succession. He is going for a “hat-trick” here at the Austria Open in Kitzbuhel, and is the number one seed and title favorite. First up in his path will be the Spanish Qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez, who will be seeking to cause the major upset. Ruud is expected to win comfortably here, is there anything that the Spaniard can do to stop the inevitable?
Casper Ruud is the top seed here at the Austria Open and is ranked a career best #14 on the Tour. He has won titles in Bastad and Gstaad in back to back weeks, and is aiming to be the first player to win three titles in a row this season. His game is perfectly suited for these courts and conditions, and should be able to dominate the match from the baseline with his heavy topspin groundstrokes and world class movement. His serve which was once a weakness has been improving steadily and he will no doubt have his eyes firmly fixed on entering the top 10 in the rankings. He is the big favorite here against Mario Vilella Martinez and it is hard to see any other outcome other than an easy win here for the Norwegian given his recent form.
Mario Vilella Martinez came through the Qualis here at the Austria Open and is ranked 167 in the world rankings. He is very inexperienced at this level and mainly plays Challenger events at the moment. He has been in strong form however, winning a clay court challenger and reaching a Quarter-Final in Finland last week. After coming through the Qualifying comfortably he defeated Austrian Lukas Neumayer in three sets in the First Round. While he will be delighted to have reached this far he will now be facing the most in-form player in the world in Casper Ruud and is the big underdog here.
This is a very easy match to predict and will certainly end as a straight sets win for Casper Ruud. He is in sublime form at the moment and is playing with immense focus and confidence. Mario Vilella Martinez does not have the firepower nor the experience to remotely trouble the Norwegian star here and this match will be over in a hurry. Casper Ruud in straight sets is the pick here.