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Ruud's shock exit at Båstad

Ruud’s shock exit at Båstad

Casper Rudd – Francisco Cerondolo 1-2 (4-6, 6-3, 5-7).

Casper Rudd smoked 4-6 in the first set against Argentina’s Francisco Cerondolo. The Norwegian then fought in the second set, but in the end it was Argentina’s Francisco Cerondolo who could have encouraged victory and progression in the ATP 250 Championships in Bastad.

– We would have liked to play this match there, but this is tennis. Casper wasn’t at his best today, and then it’s going to be tough. Cerundolo was the best at the most important balls, says coach and father Christian Rudd Discovery after the match.

Thus, there will be no defense of the right of ownership.

– If there’s a place you want to do well, it’s in Bastad. It is part of the homeland and there are a lot of Norwegians here. Of course we’re disappointed, but that’s how it is, admits Rudd.

The two met each other once before. He was at the Masters 1000 in Miami earlier this year. Then they met in the semi-finals of the tournament, then Rood won the match 2-0 with the specified numbers 6-4 and 6-1.

At Bastad, Rudd opened poorly in the first set after making several mistakes. But in the second set, another Rod was on the gravel. The Norwegian excelled at times and won the set 6-3.

In the third set it was even more of a tie, but the Argentine managed to break Ruud’s serve 5-6. Thus, Cerondolo won the third set 7-5 and thus the match 2-1.

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– She played well in the first set and after that she was even. I met a French Open finalist and it was quite a challenge for me, Serondolo told the organizer after the match.

Rudd finished first in the tournament and is the reigning champion at Bastad. Last year’s victory in Bastad was the starting point for some massive results for Rudd. In the next two weeks of 2021, he also won championships in Gstaad and Kitzbühel. In doing so he won three championships in three weeks, the last time it happened in 2011.