Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud described the Geneva final as one of the craziest matches he has ever played as he was glad that he was the one that ended on the winning side. Ruud, seeded at No. 2 in the Geneva main draw, edged out Portugal's Joao Sousa in a thriller final 7-6 (3) 4-6 7-6 (1) to successfuly defend his Geneva title.
A year ago, Ruud captured his first Geneva title. Now, Ruud is a two-time Geneva champion. “It was one of the craziest matches that I have ever played,” Ruud said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“It was a lot of up and down. Sousa was close to winning and then suddenly everything turns around and this is tennis. It is always tough for the player who is not winning”.
Ruud edged out Sousa in a thriller
Ruud earned the first break of the match in the third game and led 5-3 after the opening eight games of the match.
In the ninth game, Ruud failed to convert any of his three set points and in the 10th game he got broken back. The first set went into a tie-break, which Ruud dominated to win the opener. After losing the first set, Sousa bounced back in the second set as he broke Ruud in the fifth game and held on to his serve the rest of the set to force a decider.
In the third set, Sousa earned the first break of the set in the fifth game but failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game. Ruud had two match on Sousa's serve in the 12th game but failed to realize and the final had to be decided in a third set tie-break.
In the tie-break, Ruud won the first six points, before realizing his fourth match point to seal a three-set win. “This win feels so good, but you have to give a lot of credit to Joao because he fought back from one set down and has been playing well all week,” Ruud added. “It was just a matter of one or two points today and luckily they went in my favour."