Francisco Cerundolo and Casper Ruud meet in the semifinals of the 2022 tennis Miami Open.
Francisco Cerundolo is coming off a one set win over Jannik Sinner that took five games to decide. In the victory, Cerundolo won 73 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Cerundolo won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his one break points. Cerundolo will be well rested for this match, considering his quarterfinal contest took less than a half hour to complete. At 23 years old, this is easily the breakout moment for Cerundolo and a chance to really put himself on the map. Cerundolo looks to make his second career ATP final and the first since last year’s Argentina Open. Cerundolo has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Casper Ruud is coming off a three sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Ruud won 79 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Ruud won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Ruud got 75 percent of his first serves in play and hit six aces. Ruud has now won eight of his last nine matches that have gone the distance. Ruud looks to make his second final of the year and his first ever ATP Masters 1000 final trip. Ruud is 0-3 in previous Masters 1000 semifinal matches. Ruud has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Give Cerundolo credit for getting to this point, but the bottom line is he’s a young player with very little big match experience, and this is usually where players like that bow out. Ruud has been on a tear as of late, and there’s no beating him if he serves anywhere close to what he just did in the quarters. Ruud is hitting his spots and giving away nothing easy. Ruud also has far and away more big match experience and has faced pressure.
Give me Ruud in straight sets.