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Barcelona Open 2024 Final: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Casper Ruud preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :April 21, 2024 at 2:33 PM
Modified at :April 21, 2024 at 4:39 PM
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(Courtesy : ATP Tour/India Today)

Mohammed Fazeel


This is the second consecutive final between both player this season.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud are set for their second consecutive final following their title clash at the Monte Carlo Masters at Barcelona Open 2024. It’s a rematch, with Tsitsipas having dominated their previous encounter, securing a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Norwegian.

Both players are vying for their first Barcelona Open title. Ruud, in particular, is eager to claim his first trophy of the 2024 season.

Tsitsipas, who has recently returned to the top ten, extended his undefeated streak to 10 matches at the Barcelona Open on Saturday.

The Greek achieved a comeback win, prevailing in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 against Dusan Lajovic to reach the final of the ATP 500 event.

Casper Ruud advanced to his fourth final of the year at the Barcelona Open, defeating Tomas Martin Etcheverry in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-4. Competing on the Pista Rafa Nadal, Ruud saved a set point while serving at 5-6 in the first-set tiebreak.

After a protracted first set, Ruud gained an early advantage by breaking Etcheverry’s serve in the opening game, although he failed to hold his serve immediately after. The third seed secured another break in the fifth game to conclude the match in 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Casper Ruud Match Details

Date: April 21st, Sunday

Time: 7:30 PM (IST) – Tentative

Venue: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Casper Ruud – Preview

Tsitsipas began slowly against Dusan Lajovic, conceding the first set, which took 53 minutes to complete. Both competitors held serve until Tsitsipas lost the crucial twelfth game, giving Lajovic an early lead.

Tsitsipas reversed the situation in the second and third sets. He broke Lajovic’s serve in the seventh game of the second set and again in the third and fifth games of the final set, propelling him to his fifth Barcelona final.

Casper Ruud enters Sunday’s final without having dropped a set all week, and he had not faced any tiebreaks until his match against Etcheverry, where the Argentine pushed him to a tiebreak in the first set. Nevertheless, Ruud secured a straight-set victory.

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Clay is Ruud’s preferred surface; he is currently ranked World No. 6. Nine of his ten tour-level titles have been won on clay, and he aims to add another when he faces Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final.

Head-to-head

Matches: 5

Stefanos Tsitsipas: 3

Casper Ruud: 2

Tsitsipas leads the head-to-head against Ruud 3-2. Four of these matches have occurred in the main draw of events, while one was in qualifying. The main draw head-to-head is evenly split at 2-2 between the pair.

Ruud and Tsitsipas have alternated victories against each other. Ruud triumphed in Los Cabos, and Tsitsipas claimed victory in Monte Carlo this season.

Where and How to Watch the Live Streaming and TV Broadcast of Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Casper Ruud final match of Barcelona Open 2024 in India?

Indian viewers can watch the Barcelona Open final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud on Tennis TV, a premium streaming service that broadcasts all ATP tournaments and highlights.

Prediction

Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas are among the elite clay court players. In Sunday’s final, Ruud will seek to avenge his Monte Carlo defeat. The Norwegian let the trophy slip from his grasp when Tsitsipas outplayed him.

Tsitsipas bested Ruud at the Monte Carlo Masters with a score of 6-4, 6-1. Ruud has delivered clinical performances throughout the week and has shown impressive mobility on the court.

Although Tsitsipas had a strong start to his Barcelona campaign, he encountered difficulties in his last two matches, dropping a set in each and struggling to secure victories.

In their most recent head-to-head at Monte Carlo, Tsitsipas comfortably won, converting four of eight break points while saving all eight on his serve. If Ruud hopes to overcome Tsitsipas in the Barcelona Open final, he must capitalize on any break point opportunities that arise.

Ruud should adopt an aggressive approach early on and prevent Tsitsipas from setting the match’s tempo, as he often does.

Given that Tsitsipas has played two consecutive three-set matches, fatigue could play a role in the final, and Ruud should look to exploit this to his advantage and win the day in a tight three-set battle to claim his first ATP 500 title.

Result: Ruud to win in three sets.

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