Scandinavia has always had great champions in the history of tennis. Just think of Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander s Stefan Edberg (all three Swedes), but then for some time, there was no one able to fully gather the legacy of these champions, except for a few parentheses like Robin Soderling.
Now Scandinavia has the opportunity to present a tennis player who can aspire to something very important. In fact, the twenty-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud has already shown this season to have important skills to be able to take on Northern European tennis.
Obviously, it will be very difficult, especially in this context, to emulate the deeds of his predecessors, but with a good combination of talent, luck and regularity, something good can happen. In 2019, in the ATP Tour (without considering the Challengers), he failed to reach the main draw of the Australian Open, and even in Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
In Rio de Janeiro he reached the quarter-finals and in Sao Paulo the semi-finals. He failed to qualify for the Indian Wells main draw, while he was eliminated in the first round of Miami. In Houston he made and lost his first career final, to then reach, starting from the qualifications, the third round at the Rome Masters 1000.
Even at the French Open, he played well, reaching the third round against Roger Federer. His tennis is getting good feedback especially on clay-courts, but also on fast surfaces. Ruud makes solidity and regularity his winning weapons, and his improvements with service, forehand and backhand are remarkable and constant.
His tennis from the baseline shows even a good hand, despite his young age. It will be interesting to see his progress also on the grass-court, to understand definitively if he can be a valid tennis player on all surfaces, and not only on clay-courts.
Meanwhile, Ruud has already shown that he can be a hard-to-beat tennis player, whose improvements are progressive. This is just the beginning?