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ATP Acapulco: Alex de Minaur vs. Casper Ruud Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 03/02/2024, 2:40 AM EST

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With some stellar performances at the Arena GNP Seguros, the latest edition of the Mexican Open has managed to keep fans on the edge of their seats. The ATP 500 tournament, which is played on the outdoor hard courts in Acapulco, features some of the players of high caliber during the South American swing. Now that the semifinal round fixtures have been concluded, the big stage is set up for a blockbuster title match between two top-seeded players.

The third-seeded Aussie, Alex de Minaur, will lock horns with the former world No. 2 and current sixth-seeded Norwegian player, Casper Ruud. With both big ATP guns competing for the title in Acapulco, it will be interesting to see who emerges victorious in this high-profile championship game.

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Alex de Minaur vs. Casper Ruud: ATP Acapulco Finals preview

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After an initial round defeat at the Los Cabos Open, Alex de Minaur looks all geared up to make amends at the Mexican Open. Entering the tournament as the third-seeded participant, the Australian tennis star brushed aside the likes of Taro Daniel and
Sebastian Ofner in the opening round matches. In the quarterfinals, De Minaur overcame the fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in a three-set game, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Later, the Aussie was awarded a walkover after his British opponent, Jack Draper, picked up an injury in their semifinal encounter.

Casper Ruud, on the other hand, is coming to the tournament after a runner-up finish at the Los Cabos Open. In his initial round matches in Acapulco, the sixth-seeded Norwegian breezed past Christopher Eubanks and Dušan Lajović to reach the quarterfinals. Later, Ruud defeated Ben Shelton before his semifinal victory against the second-seeded Holger Rune in their three-set clash, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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De Minaur vs. Ruud: Head-to-Head

The championship game between De Minaur and Ruud at this season’s Mexican Open will also mark their third meeting on the ATP tour, with their H2H record currently locked at 1-1. In their previous encounter at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, the Aussie came out on top in a three-set game. But in their first-ever meeting at the Braga Challenger, it was Ruud who defeated De Minaur with a score of 6-3, 6-2.

Prediction: De Minaur to prevail in the championship game of the Mexican Open

With some brilliant performances at different tournaments this season, the Australian tennis star has now reached the top 10 rankings for the first time in his competitive journey. Given his recent stellar form and current number 9 ranking, De Minaur is the favorite to win this match against Ruud.

Who do you think will prevail in this blockbuster title match between De Minaur and Ruud? Let us know in the comments section.

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