Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud was in a class of his own and beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-0, 6-2 in the ATP 250 final in San Diego.
– This was a show of strength, says commentator Ambassador Krogh Sondbow and adds:
– One of the top players on the ATP Tour, who just beat the World Five in the semi-finals, walked off the field. Not only is Rudd showing that he’ll impress faster surfaces in the future, but this is the first time he feels like the top ten is just the first step on a much bigger journey.
The Norwegian ATP title is sixth overall and fifth this season. On the other hand, all five previous titles have come on Rudd’s own pebbles, so the Californian championship winner is the Norwegian’s first on hardcourt.
– It started off great. There were some tough matches in the first set where it could have gone both ways. Other groups were also close. “I think the score was low,” Rudd said after the match.
I played well and hit my forehand. He said it took to beat Cameron today.
Rudd got a perfect start to the match. He broke every opportunity in the first set and thus won the set 6-0.
The Norwegian didn’t get an equally easy way through the second set, and he had to fight to not get broken 1-1.
In the 3-2, it was Roode who broke, so he can lead 5-2. He broke again and won the second set 6-2.
Rod near a landmark in a hard yard: – It was raw
Beat the British legend
After a first-round run, Rudd started the tournament in San Diego with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over former world number one Andy Murray in the second round. The Norwegian easily reached the semi-finals, defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 6-4.
Nights through Sunday Norwegian time, the Snarøya boy needed three sets and two and a half hours to reach the final. He won the first match against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“I played better and better, finishing one of my best matches this year,” Rudd said of the tournament.
Rudd entered the tournament at number 10 in the world, while the 26-year-old Briton Nouri came in at number 28. He surprised Nouri by defeating the number one Russian, Andrei Rublyov, ranked number 5 in the world, in the semi-finals.
The win is an important step toward a place in the ATP Finals in November. Only the top eight of the season qualified for the Prestige Championship, and the Norwegian before the tournament in San Diego was ranked eighth.
Next week, the Roadmaster 1000 will play the Indian Wells Championships in California. A good tournament there will give important rating points.
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