World No. 8 Casper Ruud has withdrawn from Santiago. Ruud, 23, won't be making his second Santiago appearance next week.
Ruud enjoyed a good Santiago debut, having ended runner-up at the tournament in 2020.
OUT: Ruud, Carballes Baena, 1 SE spot
IN: Zapata Miralles, F. Cerundolo, Varillas
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On Thursday, Ruud pulled out of Rio de Janeiro due to an abdomen injury. Ruud sustained the injury during the Buenos Aires final on Sunday. "It was a move I made in the final last week. I went for a drop shot and ended up hurting my abdomen.
I tried everything, but unfortunately it didn't work. It was a difficult decision, I was really looking forward to playing here, in a tournament that I have incredible memories," Ruud said after withdrawing from Rio de Janeiro.
Ruud won Buenos Aires
Ruud made a slow start to the Buenos Aires final but recovered from a set down to beat home favorite Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-2 6-3. “Although I lost the first set, I had chances. Things can change a lot after making the first break.
It's something that calms you down, you start to gain confidence with each game. It is difficult for your opponent to recover that break. Everything seemed to be going well for me after I managed to break his serve in the second set.
I don't think I made too many changes, maybe I made fewer mistakes. I was able to win the important points. It was difficult to come back after the first set because I had a set ball. I just try to stay there, keep fighting.
The game can change very quickly," Ruud explained. “I think I started the match pretty well. I made some mistakes, but that's tennis. You have to accept it and move on. From the second set I was able to correct those mistakes and I was able to win-" It remains to be seen if Ruud will be ready for the Indian Wells Masters.