Casper Ruud thinks it is great for the game to have young stars such as Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune winning big titles and showing that in today's tennis "everyone can beat everyone." Alcaraz and Rune, both 19-year-old, are now top-10 players and have shown that they have what it takes to beat the biggest players in the game.
Alcaraz has had an impressive 2022 season, winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest No 1 in tennis history. On the other side, Rune defeated five top-10 players en route to winning his first Masters title in Paris last week.
In the Paris final, Rune recovered from a set down to beat Novak Djokovic.
Rune on the rise of Alcaraz, Rune
“Rune and Carlos are the same age. It's great to have two of these guys now fighting for the biggest titles and winning them.
It's really impressive. Of course, it’s a little bit of a surprise that he [Rune] did as well as he did. But I feel like almost everyone can beat everyone and that's a little bit more exciting. Just the general level of tennis has maybe raised in all aspects, and more players can challenge the best in the world, which is fun, and you'll have these little bit more surprising results here and there.
It's fun to see that he and Carlos have sort of moved up and shown the world that they're here and that they were hungry, ready to play," Ruud said on Eurosport's Ruud talk podcast, as quoted on Eurosport. Meanwhile, Ruud is set to compete at the ATP Finals.
Alcaraz, who clinched an ATP Finals ticket a long ago, was forced to pull out from the tournament due to an injury. On the other side, Rune is in Turin but he is an alternate. It remains to be seen if Ruud can cap off his great 2022 season with a maiden ATP Finals title.