Nordea Open and Swiss Open finals: Preview and predictions

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Sunday is set to be an extremely great day for tennis, even if there is no Grand Slam final involved. The Nordea Open will feature two of the best players on the ATP tour, while the Swiss Open will have two relatively aged veterans battling it out for more tour points. Who will win and when you should watch? Let us discuss this, shall we?

I’ll begin with the Swiss Open which had fewer ranked players than the Nordea Open going into the tournament. Sure, Albert Ramos-Vinolas versus Pedro Cachin might not jump off the page to you, unless you really like those two players, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a highly entertaining match.

The two players have never faced each other and neither has ever broken into the ATP top 10. Heck, Cachin even had a career losing record on clay entering the Swiss. Meanwhile, Ramos-Vinolas had played over 300 matches on the surface. The match will start at 5:30 am ET if you live in the United States, which is 11:30 am local time if you are at the tournament in Gastaad, Switzerland (and good for you if you are!).

So who wins? My guess is Ramos-Vinolas who is a tricky left-hander with tons of experience on clay (he’s won a clay-court tournament in each of the previous two years as well, so he is due). I think he wins in two sets.

Nordea Open should feature a great final between two high-ranked players

As far as the Nordea Open is concerned, this should be a spectacular final featuring two players who do things well but are the polar opposite of the other. Seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev has a good serve and a bombastic forehand. He struggles at times with consistency (and his temper), especially with his backhand.

Fourth-ranked Casper Ruud challenges himself to always keep his calm and this translates to his game a bit as well. He is well-rounded but doesn’t have anything that will truly overpower an opponent. Still, he usually wears other players done with his ability to chase balls down and put away winners.

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The Nordea Open final will be played at 8:30 am ET and 1:30 pm local time in Båstad, Sweden. This is also a clay court as that season ends and leads to the hard-court season leading up to the US Open in late August. I see Casper Ruud winning the title in three sets.