A very unfortunate start to the season for the Argentine. More recently, Diego was named the third or fourth dirty player on the planet, and in 2023, Schwartzman lost four out of four matches on clay: Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio, Santiago. At Indian Wells, Schwartzman played one game, winning in straight sets against his compatriot Coria. The match against Federico lasted an hour and 10 minutes, Diego won it very easily with the score 6:1, 6:2. During the match, Diego hit two double faults once, scoring 66% on his first serve and 69% on his second. Acceptance stats: 53%/76%, winners/enforcers 9/13.

After losing at the Australian Open where Ruud only advanced to the second round, the Norwegian played at one tournament in Acapulco where he beat Andreozzi but lost to Daniel in three matches. The Norwegian’s tone is questionable, but Ruud has certainly made a comeback over the course of the week, and Schwartzman has recently become a comfortable opponent for Kasper, as can be seen from the personal match statistics. So, to start in Masters, Schwartzman is a good option.

Tennis player Rating Total number of matches in 2023 wins failures
Diego Schwartzman 38 8 2 6
Kacper Ruud 4 7 4 3

There were eight personal meetings between Schwartzman and Ruudm, 5:3 in favor of the Argentine. Diego won the first four personal matches, but in the last four, Kasper celebrated three times. On hard the guys met four times, 3:1 in favor of Diego, on Indian Wells they met once in 2021, Schwartzman won with a score of 2:0.

As of 2021, Schwartzman has won three of his 4 personal bouts against Ruud, twice 2-0. In that time, Ruud has grown into an ATP top 5 player, has long been in the top 10, and Diego has already dropped out of the top 30, having blown the end of last season and the start of this season. Just look at Diego’s clay tournament results to understand that Diego’s tone is wrong. Ruud also struggled at the start of the season, but we expect the Norwegian to perform better at Indian Wells than at Melbourne and Acapulco. It is worth noting that in the case of a good result in the tournament that has started, the Norwegian can well overtake Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ranking, because the Greek is now in even worse shape than Ruud. Let’s take a risk in this pair and let’s bet on Kasper Ruud, his sure victory over Diego Schwartzman.

The main prediction is an exact score of 0:2 for 1.84