Fixture: (3) Casper Ruud vs (6) Benoit Paire
Date: 23 July 2021
Tournament: Swiss Open Gstaad 2021
Venue: Gstaad, Switzerland
Category: ATP 250
Prize money: €481,270
Match timing: Not before 5 pm local time, 3 pm GMT, 11 am ET
Live telecast: USA - ESPN & Tennis Channel
Casper Ruud vs Benoit Paire preview
Third seed Casper Ruud will look to continue his fine run of form when he meets France's Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Swiss Open on Friday.
Ruud has been one of the best performers on clay this year. The Norwegian has a 27-9 win-loss record, and has already won two claycourt titles in Geneva and Bastad.
The 22-year-old eased to a straight-sets win over Dennis Novak in the second round at Gstaad to set up a meeting with Paire.
Benoit Paire has had an eventful, albeit unsuccessful, season thus far. The Frenchman posted a win-loss record of 4-18 coming into Gstaad, with his meltdowns on court making more headlines than his abilities with the tennis racket.
Casper Ruud vs Benoit Paire head-to-head
The quarterfinal encounter in Gstaad will be the third meeting between the two players, with Casper Ruud leading the head-to-head 2-0 over Benoit Paire.
Ruud won their first meeting at the 2020 Hamburg European Open after the Frenchman was forced to retire. The Norwegian then defeated Paire in four sets at Roland Garros earlier this year.
Casper Ruud vs Benoit Paire prediction
Casper Ruud's recent form and claycourt pedigree make him the overwhelming favorite to come through this encounter.
Ruud has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. The Norwegian's aggressive style of play from the back of the court is well-suited to slower surfaces. Ruud likes to use his big serve and strong forehand to do most of the heavy lifting in matches.
Benoit Paire, on his part, has the kind of game that can trouble Ruud. The Frenchman hits a lot of dropshots and slices, preventing his opponents from settling into a rhythm.
That said, Ruud's confidence is sky-high at the moment and his game has no holes. He should be able to dominate Paire from the baseline and come away with an easy win.
Prediction: Casper Ruud to win in straight sets.