Casper Ruud cracks Cristiano Ronaldo joke after new career-high of No. 7

Ruud rose to a career-high ranking of No. 7 following his Miami final appearance.

by Dzevad Mesic
Casper Ruud cracks Cristiano Ronaldo joke after new career-high of No. 7

New world No. 7 Casper Ruud joked Cristiano Ronaldo - popularly known as CR7 - might be at risk following his new career-high ranking. Ruud, 23, made Norwegian tennis history in Miami as he became the first Norwegian to reach a Masters final.

Ruud failed to beat Carlos Alcaraz in the final and lift his first Masters title but still reached a new career-high ranking this Monday. "It's always good to get a new career ranking. So it will be seven tomorrow. I might have to call Ronaldo, because CR7 is at risk now.

I don't know if we have to do some negotiations and see who can actually have this number," Ruud joked in his press conference.

Ruud roots for Liverpool F.C.

13 years ago, Ruud went to Liverpool for a grass tournament. During his time in Liverpool, Ruud visited the legendary Anfield stadium.

"I am not following all soccer matches fully, to be honest. I'm not like a diehard football fan or soccer fan. But my team is Liverpool because when I was 10 years old, I went to Liverpool to play a junior tournament with a Norwegian guy who arranged it to play against other British players on grass.

It was the first time I ever played on grass. Then he took us to the stadium. I bought the jersey of Fernando Torres when he played in the team many years ago now," Ruud explained. Liverpool has had success in recent years, winning the English Premier League and Champions League titles.

"From then, it's just been natural for me to support them. Before [Jurgen] Klopp (Liverpool manager) arrived, there were some tough years. Since the arrival of Klopp, he has turned things around and it's fun years to be a Liverpool supporter. It's a great team. They play great football," Ruud added.

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