Ruusuvuori (2.08) v Bedene (1.9)
Due to start at 4 pm
This is their first meeting.
Overall results are better for Ruusuvuori in the last 12 months. His hard court results are also better. Most of his wins were in qualifying rounds. He reached the second round last week as a qualifier and took Matteo Berrettini to 3 sets. He reached the final of a Challenger on hard courts in Canberra in January.
Bedene reached the third round of the Cincinnati tournament last week as a qualifier. He knocked out Taylor Fritz in the second round as underdog. He reached the quarter finals in Doha in January. He made the third round at the US Open in 2019.
Bedene should take this but he won’t win in straight sets. Back him around 2.20. Lay the set 1 winner.
Update: Very close match. A single late break for Ruusuvuori was enough to give him the set. Bedene took the second set also with a single break. Bedene switched off after winning that set and went 5-0 down in the next set and lost it 6-1.
In set 4 he went behind to an early break but broke his opponent’s serve twice to level the match. He again tuned out mentally after winning a set and easily lost the 5th.
Ruusuvuori won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1