Casper Ruud conquered the round of 16 in Hamburg. The Norwegian overtook Sebastian Baez with many difficulties. The clay specialist will face the next round against the Chilean Christian Garin. The match with the Argentine, despite having finished with a result in his favor, was not without tensions on the court.
After the first three games, the world no.4 told the umpire that this court on which he performed didn't like him. According to what reported by the journalist Josè Morgado, Ruud would not have gone too far. The player allegedly accused: "Worst clay court I've played on all year on the tour."
After the first three games, Casper Ruud tells the umpire that this Hamburg court is "the worst clay court he played all year on tour".
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) July 26, 2023
Ruud in Hamburg
In an interview granted to ATP website, shortly before the debut match, the 24-year-old said: "I'm sitting here with 10 titles and all 250, I wouldn't say it bothers me.
Obviously I also want to try to win a bigger and more important title, it's something I won't hide.
That's why we're working hard to get to the finals and then take them home. You are remembered more if you manage to win the closing acts, not lose them. I hope it's just a matter of time, I'll keep working hard." Oddly enough, as he admitted, the Scandinavian tennis player never went beyond the 250 titles, despite going one step away from prestigious tournaments, such as the Grand Slams in Paris and New York.
The Norwegian, always in the upper areas of the ATP ranking one step away from becoming number one in the world, is looking for the first prestigious title of his career. Will he be able to hit it at the end of this season? The first opportunity will be this week in Germany.
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