On Monday, 13/01/2020, no earlier than 5:00, Ugo Humbert and Casper Ruud will play in the opening round of the ATP tournament in Auckland (New Zealand, hard outdoor).
UGO HUMBERT (# 57 ATP)
◾️Twenty-one years old, French tennis player measures around 1.88m and throughout his career he achieved the most important performances in the hall, on the hard indoor!
◾️Humbert made his debut in the regular season on the asphalt at Canberra challenger, where he defeated Serb Danilo Petrovic (6-1 6-4) in the first round, but subsequently gave way to American Denis Kudla (6-7 3-6).
◾️It was a game in which, despite the eighteen aces sent, the Frenchman gave his opponent seven break opportunities – two of them!
◾️If the percentage on the first serve proved to be very good (87%), we cannot say the same about the points awarded with the second ball (38%).
◾️He did not excel on the return side (as in fact he does not do much in general) – just a break.
◾️Overall we can say that Humbert is a tennis player dependent on the first service and forehand, which does not excel in long exchanges.
CASPER RUUD (# 46 ATP)
◾️He recently reached the age of twenty-one, measures around 1.85m and has been highly regarded at the ATP Cup, although he had no colleagues to allow him to hope to get past the group stage with the representative of Norway!
◾️However, he produced the biggest surprise of the tournament when he defeated American John Isner (6-7 7-6 7-5) at singles and also won the doubles match with Viktor Durasovic against Austin Krajicek & Rajeev Ram (4-6 6-3 10-5), practically defeating a giant called the United States of America!
◾️For him other solid developments followed in front of the Italian Fabio Fognini (6-2 6-2), but especially in front of the Russian Daniil Medvedev (3-6 6-7), despite the fact that he lost at least sets.
◾️Casper Ruud possesses a good first service and has as his main “weapon” the right forehand!
◾️Thanks to these performances he has climbed seven places in the ATP World Tour standings and has a new “career best”.
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Form Ugo Humbert
▫️The young 21-year-old French tennis player, Ugo Humbert, number 56 in the ATP standings, is present for the second time in his career on the main board of the ASB Classic, the ATP 250 tournament reaching the 44th edition.
▫️A year ago, he dropped in sixteen, with a 4-6 double against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.
▫️Eliminated again from the group stage Next Gen Finals, in Milan, where he won a single, 3-1 set against Jannik Sinner, Humbert started the new year with a participation in the Challenger tournament held in ▫️Canberra (Australia), but left the competition since the eighth, being defeated in two sets by American Denis Kudla, 115th place ATP.
▫️World number 53, Norwegian Casper Ruud, 21, returns for the second time in his career on the main panel of the ATP 250 tournament held in Auckland, Australia.
▫️Two years ago, the young tennis player born in Oslo failed to pass the opening round of the competition, being defeated 6-0, 6-7 and 3-6 by the experienced Robin Haase.
▫️For his part, Ruud did not impress in Milan, on the occasion of the participation in the Next Gen Finals, managing to win a single victory, 3-2 in sets against the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 85th place ATP.
▫️In 2020, the Norwegian played three matches in Australia, in the ATP Cup, prevailing 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 against the American John Isner, respectively 6-2, 6-2 in front of the Italian Fabio Fognini, but he gave up ▫️3-6, 6-7 in the company of world number 5, Daniil Medvedev.
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▪️He has won 6 Challenger trophies, all won on the hard surface.
▪️46th place ATP represents the best ranking in the hierarchy for the young French tennis player.
▪️He prevailed in 35 of the 53 parties played in 2019, on this kind of surface.
▪️74% is the percentage of points earned by Humbert on the first service.
▪️His favorite shot is the backhand.
▪️26% represents the percentage of points earned by the Norwegian on the first return.
▪️He managed 296 aces in the ATP competitions disputed throughout his professional career.
▪️Has disputed a single ATP final so far, on the slag in Houston, in April last year.
▪️On the hard, he lost 17 of the 32 matches played in 2019.
▪️He is trained by his father, Christian Ruud, a former professional tennis player.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Ugo Humbert vs Casper Ruud
Despite facing top opponents in the ATP Cup, the Norwegian showed extraordinary self-control and did not give them too many chances on his own – only one break ball had John Isner, none for Fabio. Fognini and only four for the world number five – Daniil Medvedev! In total, Ruud only gave up his service in front of the latter, twice.
In other words, we notice that Humbert offered Kudla more break opportunities, than Casper offered in three games played at the highest level.
Aside from the form of the moment that has no word to say, I think the great advantage of the Norwegian is the ability to win the longer exchanges of balls that will enter especially when they will have to play with the second ball.
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