Casper Ruud Defends Geneva Open Title Holds Joao Sousa In Final
The day before the French Open starts in Paris. The Norwegian’s seventh career title on clay lifted her final record to 8-3. Casper Ruud defended his title at the Geneva Open by beating Joao Sousa 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (1) in Saturday’s final. The day before the French Open starts in Paris. Ruud’s seventh title in his career on clay lifted his record in the final to 8-3. The Norwegian has never gone beyond the third round at Roland Garros. Ruud was drawn in the first round against French fan favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will retire after the tournament.
Ruud’s preparation was a three-hour match that was the longest three-set final on the ATP Tour this season. He broke of service in the third set and then came back to create two match-point opportunities, which he squandered before the tiebreak. “It was one of the craziest matches I’ve ever played,” said Ruud. Sousa was runner-up in Geneva for the second time and will move up the rankings from No. 79 to No. 63. Casper Ruud is back in the winners’ circle, 15 months after becoming the first Norwegian to win an ATP title. Third seed Ruud beat second seed Denis Shapoval, 7-6(6), 6-4, at the Geneva Open to claim his second ATP tour-level trophy.
“It feels good to win today as it did in Buenos Aires,” said Ruud. I’m more mature this week, knowing that I have won titles before. It’s another thing to do a second time, but it’s the same feeling of victory and the feeling of winning. Shapovalovov, playing in his third career final, is also eyeing his second tour-level title after winning the 2019 Stockholm Open.
One of the Best Weeks
Sports News Ruud has put together an incredible European clay court campaign so far. With three consecutive semifinals in Monte Carlo, Munich, and Madrid. “It was one of my best weeks,” said Ruud. Remembering his dream week in Monte Carlo. And a week where I had a lot of good wins. Three Top 20 wins in a row. Beat the Top 10 players and beat the reigning champions. It’s an amazing feeling. This gives me a lot of confidence. And last year, when I reached the semi-finals in Rome, you were like, ‘Oh, is this going to be a miracle, or is it going to happen again? You have to keep your chances.
And in Monte Carlo, I think I proved, also to myself, that I can do it and compete well on this surface. That’s the most important thing to know. That Rome is not just a one-off case. Against fellow 22-year-old Shapovalov in Geneva, the Norwegian faced no break points. He won 79% of his first serve points and 81% of his second serve. Canada, on the other hand, won 78% and 58% respectively.
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