Zverev’s mission: Target the Ruud backhand
Ruud’s aggression and power comes from his phenomenal forehand wing, but when it comes to the backhand the Norwegian can be exploited.
Due to a lack of power off that wing, the 24-year-old uses his backhand as a neutral shot, and often it can be targeted by opponents who are looking for forced errors or even for a momentary respite from the percussive blasts that come from Ruud's forehand.
Ruud's backhand is certainly not a stroke to fear. The No.4 seed has managed just 16 backhand winners in the tournament, lowest (by far) of all remaining players, and he has coughed up 72 forced errors and 46 unforced errors off that side.
If Zverev is doing the math, his job will be simple: Get into backhand cross-court rallies and take the forehand inside out.