Tsitsipas vs Ruud is the night match on the Wednesday schedule at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Both players dropped their first match at this event, making this match a must-win for both players as they look to stay afloat in their quest to qualify for the semifinals. In our tennis betting predictions from Italy, we take a closer look at this match to determine where the best bet lies for this significant showdown.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Casper Ruud
Why Bet The Over 2.5 Sets:
✅ Ruud has given Tsitsipas trouble in previous matches between these two players. The Norwegian has taken at least a set in two of their three matchups all-time. And with both players unlikely to give an inch given the stakes involved in this match, there is likely to be a deciding set played again between these players.
✅ Tsitsipas doesn’t appear to be 100% right physically, as he has been dealing with some injury concerns leading up to this event. But he is the more talented of the two players heading into this match, which should help him to snag a set without running away with the contest in straights.
✅ Stefanos Tsitsipas has gone three sets in four of his last six completed matches. In this Tsitsipas vs Ruud matchup, he is going to increase that streak to five of his last seven matches and will cash a nice plus money wager in the process.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was a slight favorite in his first match of this year’s ATP Finals against Andrey Rublev. But Tsitsipas couldn’t get going in that matchup, getting beaten by Rublev in straight sets to get him off to a terrible start in this campaign. Now, Tsitsipas needs a win over Casper Ruud to avoid dropping to 0-2 on the round robin heading into a matchup with Novak Djokovic to close out the group stage.
Tsitsipas doesn’t appear to be fully healthy here, and he will have to be much better returning serve in spite of that against Ruud than he was against Rublev. The Greek number one forced zero break points on the Rublev serve on Monday, and will not be able to afford a similarly poor effort in his second match if he wants to avoid an 0-2 beginning.
Casper Ruud fought valiantly in the first set against Novak Djokovic in his first ATP Finals match on Monday. But he dropped the first set tiebreak and was blown away in the second set by the world number one. Against Tsitsipas, Ruud will look to replicate some previous success as he knows that an 0-2 start would severely damage his qualification hopes.
Ruud has beaten Tsitsipas before in the fast clay court conditions of the Madrid Masters. Tsitsipas has won two of the three contests between these players, but Ruud has proven that he can be very competitive against the Greek. If Ruud can take advantage of Tsitsipas’ physical state and continue to put pressure on him, Ruud could certainly move to 1-1 to set up a decisive match with Rublev to close out the group phase.