Ruud vs Sock: prediction for the Laver Cup match
Casper Ruud is having a fantastic tour. The Norwegian athlete won three trophies in 2022 - he triumphed at the tournaments in Buenos Aires, Geneva, and Gstaad. Moreover, Ruud reached two Grand Slam finals this year - at Roland Garros, he lost to Rafael Nadal (3-6, 3-6, 0-6), and recently he was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open final (4-6, 6-2, 6-7, 3-6).
Jack Sock delivered solid performances on clay and grass courts this year. For instance, he celebrated success at the Savannah Challenger. In the final match, Sock defeated Chris Harrison (6-4, 6-1). Sock also reached the semifinals of the tournament in Nottingham, was the runner-up in Ilkley and made an impressive run at Wimbledon - as a qualifier, he reached the 3rd round of the Major.
Sock played fewer than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
In the last 5 matches, Ruud played 3 tie-breaks.
Ruud is enjoying a successful season. He won three clay-court tournaments and was the runner-up at Roland Garros and the US Open. We expect him to get a landslide victory over Jack Sock in the upcoming match.
Our prediction - handicap (-2.5) to Ruud
Sock was great on clay courts and delivered good performances on grass this year, but recently he suffered a dip in form. He made first-round exits in Atlanta, Washington, Cincinnati, and couldn't make it past the first opponent at the US Open. We doubt Sock will be able to create problems for Ruud.
Second prediction - total under 20 games