Rafael Nadal v Casper Ruud live stream | French Open 2022 Final preview

Rafael Nadal aims to secure a 14th French Open title at the expense of Casper Ruud in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday.

King of clay Nadal survived a huge scare in the Semi-Finals against Alexander Zverev, as the German had a 6-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker and had a big chance to serve for the second set.

However, Zverev was forced to retire due to an injury just before the start of the second-set tiebreaker, prematurely ending what could have been a classic contest.

Nadal had not dropped a single set in the opening three rounds but has since lost at least one set in each of his previous three matches.

The Spaniard has only ever lost three fixtures at the French Open across 17 years and he is undefeated in 13 matches in the finals here.

Meanwhile, Ruud has had a bumpy route to the final. The only straight-set victory he managed to register this fortnight was against Ruusuvuori in the second round.

The Norwegian did well to beat some of the biggest strikers on tour during this run, including Hurkacz and Cilic.

Ruud holds a record of 8-3 win-loss record in tour-level finals, but all those victories came in ATP 250 events.

This is undoubtedly the most important match of Ruud’s career and he can write history if he manages to pull an upset against the undisputed king of this court.

Our prediction is Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 17/20 with Bet365.

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Rafael Nadal booked his place in a 14th French Open final after Alexander Zverev was forced to retire injured from their last-four clash on Friday.

A thoroughly gripping contest was unfolding at Roland Garros, where birthday boy Nadal had taken a mammoth opening set 7-6(8) after 91 minutes.

The Spaniard, who turned 36 on Friday, had just forced a second successive tie-break as the match entered its fourth hour when Zverev suffered a horrific fall on his right ankle.

A harrowing yell echoed around Chatrier as the German was immediately tended to by the medical team, before leaving the court in a wheelchair.

The third seed subsequently returned on crutches a few minutes later to reluctantly concede; making Nadal the oldest male finalist at Roland Garros since William Tilden in 1930.

Appearing in his fifth Grand Slam semi-final, Zverev made a confident start by breaking Nadal in the opening game on the way to leading 4-2.

Although, he was forced to rescue three set points after his opponent broke back to edge 5-4 ahead. The third seed then surged into a 6-2 lead in the tie-break, but saw four set points go begging as Nadal clung on before drawing first blood.

The 13-time champion had prevailed in 269 of his previous 276 matches when winning the opening set in a Slam.

He would continue that impressive record, but only after an equally tight second set that also went to a tie-break after Zverev had led 4-2.

And the 25-year-old’s wait for a maiden Slam goes on following his untimely fall – after which he was unable to place any weight on his right foot.

Through to major final number 30, Nadal will face Casper Ruud after the Norwegian advanced to his first such showpiece.

The eighth seed beat Marin Cilic 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2 to become the first male player from his country to reach the final of a Slam – and first from Scandinavia since Sweden’s Robin Soderling in 2010.

Ruud was broken twice in the opening set by Cilic, who was the fifth active player on the ATP tour to appear in the semi-finals of all four Slams.

But unforced errors plagued the former US Open champion, who registered 56 throughout the contest.

Ruud capitalised by levelling before seizing control by breaking opponent twice in the third set.

Although play was temporarily suspended due to a protester evading security, the Norwegian’s momentum could not be stopped as he breezed through to a first major Championship match.

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Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic will go head-to-head in the Semi-Finals of the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on Friday.

Ruud has been in excellent shape over the past month, having won the title in Geneva and then five consecutive matches here at the French Open. The Norwegian has already won two titles this year and did well to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final in Miami.

Ruud has suffered an early exit in last year’s French Open but has enjoyed a lot of success on clay since then. He has won six titles on this surface in the last one year and a half and holds a record of 29 wins and just 3 defeats on this surface.

Meanwhile, Cilic had a pretty comfortable route to the Semi-Finals of this year’s French Open, the sole exception being his Quarter-Final match against Andrey Rublev.

The Croat was one set down at some point during the match and needed five sets in order to win the clash, including a long tie-breaker in the decisive set.

Although Cilic has been on the circuit for a long time now, this is his first Semi-Final appearance at Roland Garros. With his victory over Rublev, he became the first active non-big-four player to register a Semi-Final result in all four Grand Slams.

Our prediction for this clash is Over 38.5 Games at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud will go toe-to-toe in the final of the 2022 Miami Open on Sunday at 6.00 pm (UK Time).

Carlos Alcaraz has lost just one of his last 16 matches while winning one trophy during this run. It seems that the Spanish teenager is following Nadal’s footsteps and he did well to continue his impressive 2021 form into this season. Carlos has won his first ATP 500 title in Rio and he made a semifinal appearance at Indian Wells.

Here in Miami, the Spaniard has dropped just one set in four matches while picking up victories over Cilic, Tsitsipas, Kecmanovic, and defending champion, Hurkacz.

Due to his impressive form this season, Alcaraz has now moved to #3 in the Race to Turin and #12 in the ATP Rankings.

Casper Ruud, on the other hand, has struggled for consistency in the first three months of the year. However, he did well to lift the title in Buenos Aires on clay courts following a tight clash in the final with Schwartzman.

Similar to Alcaraz, Ruud has dropped just one set this week in Miami, although he has played against accessible opponents except in his clash with Zverev. Prior to this edition, Ruud has failed to win a main draw match in Miami in four attempts.

The interesting fact is that Casper Ruud is currently on a six-match-winning run in championship matches on the main tour.

We expect a tight clash here, so our prediction is Over 21.5 Games at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Andy Murray faces another tough early round test when he takes on second seed Casper Ruud in the Last 16 of the 2021 San Diego Open.

Former world number one Murray continues to prove a formidable test for the top ranked players and affirmed that at the Moselle Open last week when he defeated Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil before losing out to eventual champion Hubert Hurkacz in the Quarter-Finals.

Despite a surgically repaired hip, 34-year-old Murray remains agile around the court and will be determined to improve on his current world ranking of 109.

The two-time Wimbledon champion received a wildcard entry into the San Diego Open and was due to face Kei Nishikori in Round One, but the Japanese star withdrew just hours before the match, meaning Murray took on Denis Kudla and prevailed in straight sets.

Murray now faces an opponent 12 years his junior and ranked world number ten, having enjoyed tournament wins on clay in Geneva, Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.

Ruud, who turned pro in 2015, is yet to surpass the Fourth Round stage of a Grand Slam but has been a regular at the back end of ATP events in recent years.

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two players, and current form suggests Norwegian star Ruud may just have too much for the veteran Brit.

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Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas go head-to-head in an unmissable Quarter-Final at the 2021 National Bank Open in Toronto on Friday.

Only the second competitive meeting between the two players will see them square off for a place in the Last Four of the ATP 1000 event.

World number three Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday with an impressive straight-sets victory over in-form Karen Khachanov in the Last 16.

The Greek star was runner-up in this year’s French Open and a semi-finalist in the Australian Open, while also picking up his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo Masters in April.

Ruud, meanwhile, is in the midst of a stunning spell of form which has seen him go 14 games unbeaten, winning his last three tournaments.

The 22-year-old, who has four ATP titles to his name this season, has defeated Marin Cilic and Dusan Lajovic so far this week and is gradually beginning to produce his top form on the hard court surface.

Ruud prevailed in straight sets when he faced Tsitsipas in the Round of 16 of the Madrid Masters earlier this year and will be wary of a potential revenge mission from the Greek.

The bookmakers make hard court specialist Tsitipas the 2/9 favourite, but we expect a closer game than the odds suggest, and our best bet is for over 21.5 total games.

Ruud v Tsitsipas is available to watch via a live stream online from approximately 5pm BST.

Either Roberto Bautista Agut or Reilly Opelka will await the winner in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.

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Will Dominic Thiem be tested by Casper Ruud, the rising Norwegian who is 15-4 on clay in 2020, when they meet in the third round of Roland Garros?

Thiem vs Ruud is live from Roland Garros on Friday 2 October, 11am local/10am BST

Now on a nine-match winning streak, Dominic Thiem has sailed through two potentially tough matches at the French Open with flying colours and is now targeting a place in the third round fot the fifth year in a row.

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But he’s up against another potentially tough opponent in Casper Ruud of Norway, the 21-year-old from Norway who has established himself as quite a presence on clay courts especially over the past 18 months. Could Ruud be the first player to take a set from Thiem in Paris this fortnight?

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Thiem vs Ruud: Head-to-head

This is the first match between Dominic Thiem and Casper Ruud.

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So far, there’s been little sign of any post-US Open slump from Dominic Thiem. Despite his lack of clay-court matches after understandably skipping the Rome Masters, the Austrian has yet to drop a set at the French Open and it isn’t as if he hasn’t been facing potentially tricky opponents – both Marin Cilic in the first round and Jack Sock in the second looked poised at one point to take at least a set from the third seed.

Still very much one of the favourites for the title, grouped together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the top with everybody else a long way behind, Thiem has established that he can hit through these slow courts and cold conditions in 2020 – much like Stan Wawrinka, whose game his so much resembles and who he could well meet in the last 16 in what would be a must-watch clash.

Before that though Thiem has to contend with Casper Ruud, the young Norwegian from a tennis family who is into the third round of the French Open for the second straight year. Last year, he beat former semifinalist Ernests Gulbis and Matteo Berrettini before losing to Roger Federer; this year, he is seeded after a 20-9 season so far. Fifteen of those wins have come on clay, on which Ruud is 15-4 in 2020: He made back-to-back finals on the Golden Swing in February, winning Buenos Aires and losing Santiago, and made a breakthrough run to the semifinals of the Rome Masters, surpassing his father Christian’s career-best record of making the quarterfinals.

Casper Ruud (Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa)

Karen Khachanov, Marin Cilic and Fabio Fognini were all victims of Ruud’s Rome semifinal run and the one that followed the week after in Hamburg, and it took Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev, eventual champions both, to stop him respectively. At the French Open, he breezed through Yuichi Sugita in the first round before being taken to five by Tommy Paul, but we should expect him to go all out in a bid to get his second win over a top-10 player when he faces Thiem.

This really should be a watchable clash. Ruud really took it to Djokovic when they met in Rome, and it will be interesting to see how he handles Thiem’s tendency to return serve from so far behind the baseline – will he find ways to take advantage? Ultimately I think the way Ruud plays will play into Thiem’s hands and the Austrian should take it in straights, but it will be tight.

Thiem vs Ruud: Prediction

Novak Djokovic faces rising Norwegian Casper Ruud as he looks to book a place in the Rome Masters final for the tenth time.

Djokovic vs Ruud is live from Rome on Sunday 20 September, 2pm local/1pm BST

Since making his main-draw debut at the Rome Masters in 2006, Novak Djokovic has reached the final nine times, including six of the past seven years, and despite a tough match against qualifier Dominik Koepfer the world no. 1 has put himself in position to do so again.

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Djokovic dropped a set to Koepfer before coming through 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a first encounter with Casper Ruud, the first Norwegian man ever to make a Masters 1000 Series semifinal.

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Djokovic vs Ruud: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud have never played before.

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After a lengthy tussle with compatriot Filip Krajinovic to reach the quarterfinals, with the first set alone taking 88 minutes, Novak Djokovic’s win over qualifier Dominik Koepfer only took a few minutes longer than his straight-sets win over Krajinovic.

Koepfer had beaten Gael Monfils and Lorenzo Musetti, among others, to reach the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 Series event for the first time, and he played a match which underlined exactly why he’s headed towards the top 50 fast. But it was not all about his good tennis. Djokovic struggled throughout to find his range on his forehand, and errors off that wing were the keynote of a scrappy performance; racing to a 4-0 lead, then losing three straight games before closing out the first set, Djokovic was again unable to consolidate a break lead in the second, getting so frustrated midway through it that he smashed a racquet.

Koepfer broke serve to level the match, but Djokovic tightened up his game in the third, breaking early and this time not handing the advantage back. By the time he closed out the win, he had created 21 break points – but only converted six, and failed to save a single one of the four he faced.

Now 29-1 in 2020 and yet to lose a completed match this season, Djokovic’s struggles in a match like that must be seen in the context of both his achievements and the strain that this most unusual year is putting on everybody. Still he will want to make much more of an emphatic statement when he takes on Ruud in Sunday’s semifinals.

Casper Ruud (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse – PA Images)

Saturday was a day of milestones for Ruud, who became the first Norwegian man to make a Masters 1000 Series semifinal – surpassing the mark set by his father Christian, who reached the Rome quarterfinals in 1997 – and also claimed his first victory over a top-10 opponent in five attempts, beating Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).

The 21-year-old Ruud had lost in straight sets to Berrettini in the third round of the US Open, but on clay it was a whole different story. Berrettini, whose combination of big serve, big forehand and slice backhand is a more natural fit for hard courts, powered his way through the first set, but in the long run, Ruud’s heavier topspin, better movement and affinity for patient, well-constructed rallies won the day, despite relinquishing an early break lead in the decider and having to come back from 2-4 down in the third-set tie-break.

Ruud had great success moving Berrettini around and forcing him back behind the baseline, but needless to say, these tactics won’t meet with the same success against Djokovic, who has absolutely no difficulty winning points behind the baseline and won’t – even on Saturday’s form – give up the kinds of errors. We’ve often seen Djokovic brush off poorer performances against less threatening opponents to bring his best in the semifinals and finals and I expect to see that again on Sunday.

Djokovic vs Ruud: Prediction