Casper Ruud looks to improve his poor record against Cristian Garin when the pair lock horns in the Hamburg European…
Casper Ruud looks to improve his poor record against Cristian Garin when the pair lock horns in the Hamburg European Open second round.
The world number four is the top seed at the ATP 500, where he is eager to continue his impressive form on clay this season.
Ruud, who beat Sebastian Baez in the opening round, triumphed at Estoril earlier in the campaign, while he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the French Open and also reached the semi-finals in Rome.
The Norwegian then bounced back from his surprise second-round exit at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Liam Broady, by narrowly missing out on the Bastad title to Andrey Rublev.
However, he faces a player that has prevailed in three of their four previous encounters – including both meetings on clay at Houston and Sao Paulo in 2019, as well as at this season’s Indian Wells Masters.
Not only that, but this is certainly Garin’s favourite surface, on which all five of his ATP titles have been achieved – most recently in his native Chile two years ago.
It is also no surprise to learn that clay courts have provided his best performances on the ATP Tour this season, courtesy of runs to the quarter-finals in Munich and Houston.
The world number 120, who overcame Hugo Dellien in the opening round, will hope he can subsequently match that by recording a fourth win over Ruud in five attempts.
The winner of this match will play Arthur Fils in the quarter-finals of the Hamburg European Open.
Play gets underway at around 3pm BST on Thursday and will be contested over the best of three sets on Center Court.
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