World number seven Alexander Zverev will take on Norway’s Casper Ruud in the quarterfinal of the 2021 ATP Acapulco on Thursday, March 18. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Casper Ruud match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Casper Ruud Head to Head
Zverev and Ruud have never played each other before this.
Zverev Continues to Dominate Proceedings
Things haven’t gone too well for Zverev in the lead-up to this tournament but in Acapulco the German looks to have finally found his rhythm.
Having crushed Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the competition, Zverev registered another straight-set win in the second round in Mexico, defeating Laslo Djere 6-4, 6-3.
In a match that lasted an hour and 33 minutes, Zverev withstood three breaks of serve by carving out six of his own to complete the victory.
It started with Zverev falling 3-1 behind in the first set after both players found serving very difficult, and another break of serve later, things were back on level terms. A poor serving game from Djere in the ninth game Zverev the decisive break and he converted it with ease in the next one.
Zverev was soon a break up in the second set only to drop his serve in the very next game, but at 3-3, he then broke his opponent twice more to finish off the encounter.
Can he now up the ante even further against a player ranked 25th in the world?
Ruud Stretched by Griekspoor
It turned out to be a three-setter in the end, but Ruud managed to edge out Tallon Griekspoor in his second round match. Interestingly, despite going into a final set tie-breaker, the match lasted a shade lesser than two and a quarter hours, and saw neither players get a plethora of chances.
More vitally both players had only one break of serve apiece – Griekspoor helped himself to one in the first set, Ruud got one in the second and the third went on serve till they got to the tie-breaker.
The tie-breaker started with Griekspoor holding serve first up but when Ruud raced off to three successive points, and then made it 6-2 soon after the match was all but sealed.
Earlier in the tournament, Ruud had defeated Daniel Galan in straight sets having also reached the fourth round at the Australian Open to kick-start his season.
The question now is if Ruud can take that step up and stun the world number seven who has shown a few vulnerabilities.
Zverev v Ruud Prediction and Tip
While Zverev is 1/6 to win this, a lot would depend on how well he can serve. If Ruud can put enough pressure on his opponent’s first serve, we could be in for bit of a thriller with the games market looking a tempting option.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)