Casper Ruud vs Roberto Bautista-Agut
August 11, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Roberto Bautista-Agut / Casper Ruud
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Casper Ruud and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet in the third round of the 2022 tennis National Bank Open.
Casper Ruud is coming off a straight set win over Alex Molcan that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Ruud won 75 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Ruud won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on 2 of his 10 break points. Ruud got 67 percent of his first serves in play and hit 13 aces. Ruud has now won 5 straight matches, and 4 of those victories were decided in straight sets. Ruud looks to win at least 2 matches for the fifth time in his last 9 tournaments. Ruud has won 8 of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a straight set win over Jenson Brooksby that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 74 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on 5 of his 8 break points. Bautista-Agut got 53 percent of his first serves in play and hit 5 aces. Bautista-Agut has won 6 straight matches, and 5 of those victories were decided in straight sets. Bautista-Agut has 18 career wins over top-10 players, and 3 of those wins have come this year. Bautista-Agut has won 7 of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Bautista-Agut has won both meetings against Ruud in straight sets. The most recent match was this year in the ATP Cup. The other match was 2018 Munich.
Bautista-Agut is going to have the mental edge, knowing he’s beaten Ruud twice, and he’s playing some of his best tennis of the year at the moment. With that said, Ruud has quietly been one of the hotter players on tour this year, and he’s found his form again after a couple hiccups. Ruud’s shotmaking ability on hard court probably gives him the edge over the older Spaniard.
Competitive match, but I like Ruud to make the quarterfinals.