Casper Ruud (24) won in straight sets 6-2 6-4 over Alexander Shevchenko (22). Tennis commentator Krogh Sundbaugh believes Ruud is nearing his best.
Ruud had little trouble qualifying for the third round of the Swedish Open.
– I’m very happy to win here again. It’s always something special for me to win matches here, in front of a Scandinavian crowd, says Ruud after the match.
Ruud won the ATP 250 Championship in Sweden in 2021. He was unable to follow up for the title the following year, when he lost to Francisco Sirondolo in the second round.
– It was hard for me to lose here in the first match last year. Rod says I’m really enjoying this victory
Ruud made his dream start against the Russian when he broke serve and took a 2-0 lead in the first set. He continued to dominate and only allowed Shevchenko to take two games in the first set.
Ruud was more comfortable on the cobbles at Bastad than on the grass at Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round. It was windy at times in Sweden, which made it difficult for both Ruud and Shevchenko.
– Casper delivers under difficult circumstances. He retained his clay form from the French Open, where he reached the final. Krogh Sundbø told VG after the match that he’s been playing some of the best clay tennis games of the year.
However, the second set at the Swedish Open did not start optimally. two Double faultDouble faultWhen you serve and don’t hit the square next to the opponent on both attempts. Thus, the opponent gets the point. In a row, Shevchenko began to fall apart.
However, Ruud recovered in the second set and tied it at 2-2.
He’s fantastic, said tennis commentator for VG Sverre Krogh Sundbø, he simply plays great tennis.
At 5-4 in the second set, Ruud broke and thus won the match. In the next round, the Norwegian will meet the Austrian Sebastian Offner.
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