Tennis Nitto ATP Finals
- The Tennis Nitto ATP Finals 2022 begin tomorrow.
- In the opening match of the day, Nadal and Ruud will square off. Continue reading for match odds, preview, and best bet prediction.
The 2022 Tennis Nitto ATP Finals group stages begin. Nadal and Ruud will square off tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET. However, after back-to-back defeats, the 22-time Grand Slam winner will not advance beyond the group rounds.
Odds for Rafael Nadal vs. Casper Ruud
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Nadal had gone from being a favorite in his matches after a few of losses, and now Ruud is the favorite at -220.
Nadal Competes for Pride
The 36-year-old began his campaign against American Taylor Fritz but was unable to take a set off him. Fritz just seized total charge as the first set went to tiebreak, and Nadal was unable to make up. He eventually lost 6(3)-7(7), 1-6.
In his second round, he faced the emerging Canadian superstar Felix Auger-Aliassime, but was unable to generate momentum at the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals. Auger-Aliassime was playing tight, crisp tennis and managed to break Nadal’s serve early in the match to go ahead. Surprisingly, it was Nadal’s serve that was losing him a lot of points, and he couldn’t understand out why.
Nadal went on to lose 3-6, 4-6, knocking him out of the last four.
Ruud Keeps Going
Unlike his opponent, the 23-year-old has reached the tournament’s last four. He began his tournament against Felix Auger-Aliassime, whom he defeated 7(7)-6(4), 6-4, and then faced Taylor Fritz.
Ruud began out strong against Fritz, getting out to a big lead, but the two traded points back and forth at the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals. The match took three sets to resolve, but Ruud managed to win with 14 aces and just three double faults. His opponent managed 15 aces to no double faults, but Ruud outplayed him in other areas of the game. Ruud eventually won 6-3, 4-6, 7(8)-6. (6).
Second Career Conference
Nadal and Ruud will clash for the second time in their careers and the second time this year. Their only other meeting this year was in the finals of the French Open at the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals, which Nadal won and claimed his 14th French Open championship.
Pick: Nadal vs. Ruud
With Ruud secured a position in the tournament’s final four and Nadal out, the Norwegian has a little more to play for. He’ll attempt to keep his form up, while Nadal is simply hoping to close the year on a high note.
But Ruud is playing some of his greatest tennis this week at the Tennis Nitto ATP Finals, and Nadal hasn’t looked like he’s even come close. Ruud will win this bout and even out their head-to-head due to situation and momentum. However, don’t be shocked if Nadal wins a set.