World No. 71 Emil Ruusuvuori is a -180 favorite in his match-up with world No. 72 Maxime Cressy in the opening round of the Miami Open on Wednesday. These two have only met once in their careers, with Ruusuvuori prevailing with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory at a Challenger event in Slovakia back in 2019. Both players have improved their games significantly since then, as they are now true forces on the ATP tour.
Coming into this match, it isn’t too hard to see why the oddsmakers have Ruusuvuori as the likely winner in this one. The 22-year-old has won eight of his last 13 matches and has proven himself to be a lot more reliable than Cressy from the baseline at this point. The American is actually on a four-match losing streak entering this event, as he suffered opening-round losses in Dallas, Delray Beach and Indian Wells. Those results were a bit disappointing considering Cressy won three matches at the Australian Open in January after making his first ATP final at the Melbourne Summer Set 1.