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Garin vs Ruud ATP Houston live streaming, preview and tips - Garin and Ruud battle for first ATP title in Houston

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Apr 2019
  • Christian Garin vs Casper Ruud is live from Houston at 2.00pm local time on Sunday (8.00pm GMT)
  • Garin won their only previous match earlier this season in Sao Paolo
Christian Garin (PA Images)

A first-time ATP singles champion is guaranteed on Sunday in Houston when Christian Garin and Casper Ruud clash in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship final.

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Either Christian Garin or Casper Ruud will win a maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday when they square off in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships final in Houston.

Considering the Houston 250 event didn’t attract the strongest of fields in 2019 and was further decimated by the withdrawals of John Isner and Nick Kyrgios, Garin has been forced to come through a tough draw to make the final. The Chilean overcame the always-dogged Pablo Cuevas in three sets in the opening round and saved five match points in a stunning 3-6 7-6(4) 7-6(7) victory over second seed Jeremy Chardy in the second round, but from there Garin hasn’t dropped a set, taking out Henri Laaksonen 6-3 6-2 before a 7-6(2) 6-2 triumph over Sam Querrey in Saturday’s semi-finals.

“The conditions today were slow and windy, which is really good for me,” said Garin. “I was really focused in the second set and I think he was a bit tired in the end, but I’m playing really well.”

A stand-out junior player after beating Alexander Zverev for the 2013 French Open boys title, Garin appeared set for a quick rise to the top of men’s tennis after he secured his first tour-level win as a 16-year-old at the former ATP event in Vina del Mar that same season, where he defeated Dusan Lajovic. However, Garin found it tough to settle on the main tour and only picked up his second ATP win in February of this season when he beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in Buenos Aires, making it a six years between wins for the Chilean who is now 22 years of age.

Garin has been plugging away outside the top 100 on the Challenger Tour ever since his initial breakout six years ago, but he finally made it into that elite bracket towards the end of last season when he went on a sensational run at Challenger level, winning three straight titles on clay in Campinas, Santo Domingo and Lima, while he’s taken his game to another level in 2019, reaching his first ATP final on the clay of Sao Paolo last month, beating Ruud along the way. Can Garin prevail again on Sunday to win his first ATP title?


For Ruud, tennis runs in the family. His father Christian was the only Norwegian player in history to make an ATP World Tour final when he did so in Bastad in 1995, but now his son Casper has the chance to do something he couldn’t in Houston, and that’s win a tour-level title. Ruud has been in excellent form this week, defeating Hugo Dellien in the opening round and towering New York champion Reilly Opelka to make the quarter-finals, where he then demolished former Houston champion Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-0. The 20-year-old then came back from 2-5 down in the opening set of his semi-final with Columbian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan to emerge triumphant by a 7-5 6-2 scoreline and reach his maiden ATP final.

"It's an amazing feeling to be in your first final. It's what we work hard for," said Ruud. "But even though it's been an amazing week, I'm hungry to win the last match."

Ruud doesn’t get as much fanfare as his fellow Next Gen stars, but he’s been making solid progress up the rankings over the last couple of seasons and is now set to rise at least into the top 70 courtesy of making the Houston final. The 20-year-old made his first ATP semi-final as a 20-year-old at the 500-level Rio Open in 2017 and finished runner-up at two Challenger events in Francavilla al Mare in Braga last year (along with qualifying and making the second round of the Australian Open, where he won his first Grand Slam match 11-9 in the fifth against Quentin Halys), while he was also a semi-finalist on the clay of Sao Paolo in February, losing to Garin.

Ruud will be looking to avenge that loss in the Houston final, but Garin is probably the slight favourite. The Chilean is the more accomplished of the pair right now, has a bigger game and the experience of playing in an ATP final, although he was very nervous in that loss to Guido Pella in Sao Paolo. Ruud is equipped with a big forehand of his own and is an excellent chance to prevail if he continues his superb form, but for me, Garin just edges this.


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Garin vs Ruud ATP Houston live streaming, preview and tips - Garin and Ruud battle for first ATP title in Houston

A first-time ATP singles champion is guaranteed on Sunday in Houston when Christian Garin and Casper Ruud clash in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championship final.

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