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Ruusuvuori marches on, can he be stopped? Berrettini in R3 might be a challenge, but other than that, road is open for the quarter finals. Can he win the whole thing? Not impossible
 

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Honestly, he has a good chance against Berrettini if he keeps playing like this.
By the way, where did this match take place? Ostrava Challenger?
 

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Honestly, he has a good chance against Berrettini if he keeps playing like this.
By the way, where did this match take place? Ostrava Challenger?
Trying to be sarcastic mate? Ruusuvuori is the real no 13. or shoudl I write "Us Open r1" in the title?
 

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Ruusuvuori should beat Ruud in 3.
Shamefully I missed the match. How is Ruud looking and how was Emil playing? Interestingly, Ruud and Emil were practicisng together before going to North America. Ruud is a clay specialist right? But he can play alrgiht on hard
 

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Shamefully I missed the match. How is Ruud looking and how was Emil playing? Interestingly, Ruud and Emil were practicisng together before going to North America. Ruud is a clay specialist right? But he can play alrgiht on hard
I missed most of Emil and even with a gun next to my head you couldnt get me to watch Ruud on hardcourt. I am going by what I have seen in the past.

As for Emil, he was striking the ball quite well with no major weaknesses. Some weak 2nd serves including 9 DFs but nothing big.
 

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I missed most of Emil and even with a gun next to my head you couldnt get me to watch Ruud on hardcourt. I am going by what I have seen in the past.

As for Emil, he was striking the ball quite well with no major weaknesses. Some weak 2nd serves including 9 DFs but nothing big.
Emils forehand is top tier. His backhand is improving, how did it look? Did he hit properly? At the end of last season he was often pushing deep flat with the backhand, not being aggressive with it. As far as i have seen his serve can be a bit up and down. Sometimes its a weakness, but at other times he can dominate with it. If my memory serves me correctly last year against Denis Novak in the Davis cup he had a service game with four aces. Against Berrettini he served very well in the last two sets
 

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sucker did not win this match, Bedene lost it
but no worries eminem will be ousted in straights next round
 

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Superb groundstrokes this player has
 

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Superb groundstrokes this player has
I watched him live the day before he beat Thiem. The forehand is especially impressive to me. He can take the ball early and completely dominate rallies, his movement helps. i'm not sure what other player is the most similar to him. Off the top of my head he reminds me a little bit of Nieminen in terms of technique and defense, a bit of Goffin/Nishikori in how he sometimes takes the ball early. These comparison are obviously not perfect but I cant come up with much else for now.

With slight improvements in his backhand, serve and point construction he will be a world beater. His backhand has already improved a bit in the last year

I'm happy that a wider audience has watched him during the last few weeks. He is definitely one to keep an eye on
 

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Shamefully I missed the match. How is Ruud looking and how was Emil playing? Interestingly, Ruud and Emil were practicisng together before going to North America. Ruud is a clay specialist right? But he can play alrgiht on hard
I saw bits and pieces hare and there + the end of the match in full, and Emil looked solid to me, while Bedene was in all sorts of trouble and lost it mentally as well.

Tbh, Bedene's fall, especially in the last set, made Emil's game look even better to me than what it's often been, and I didn't see any of those sets in which Bedene was playing at a better level in full, so it's hard for me to comment objectively on the level of Emil's bh. His serve was fine, always room for improvement left there though, I know he's capable of even more than what he did tonight (well, it was yesterday to be exact, I just had a long day at my home office with some longer online meetings to the US tonight, so lost track of time somewhere there as I was trying to watch all my faves play tennis at the same time).

Ruud then again needed five sets to beat McDonald, but I didn't see the match myself, only heard that it wasn't one of this best matches, which is pretty clear by just looking at the scoreline. But if I was Emil I wouldn't underestimate Ruud too much, that won't do him any good. The stronger Emil we'll see in each match the more confidence he'll gain from his first Slam.

In brief: Not an easy first round opponent, so well done Emil!
 

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Btw, mark my given words, Emil will be a top 5 player within 5 years


Ruusuvuori is better at tennis. I dont think Bedene played too bad. Emil has more weapons though
Bedene was poorer than usual, but Ruusuvuori is the more complete player overall.

Ruud just pounced the ball in his match, with lots of ugly UEs as a result. If he keeps the UE count uncharacteristically low, he'll beat Ruusuvuori. If he plays like he did yesterday, the Finn should win.
 

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Ruusuvuori at times late on the FH, resulting in shorter and loopier balls. Ruusu has the better record on hard (compared with Ruud), but too tough for me to call.
 
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