Casper Ruud: My titles in 2021 are not as worth as Novak Djokovic's

Ruud has a tour-leading five titles in 2021 but neither of those five came at a Grand Slam.

by Dzevad Mesic
Casper Ruud: My titles in 2021 are not as worth as Novak Djokovic's

World No. 10 Casper Ruud is absolutely happy with his season but he is aware that he can't be compared to Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev. Last week, Ruud won the San Diego Open to win a tour-leading fifth title of the season.

Djokovic and Medvedev have four titles in 2021 but both have claimed a Grand Slam title this season. On the other side, Ruud made it all the way in Geneva, Bastad, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel and San Diego. "It's a great feeling to be enjoying a career-high ranking but I know that my titles are not worth like Djokovic or Medvedev's, that they are not as prestigious as Grand Slam tournaments or Masters titles.

In fact at the start of the season, I said to myself that it would be good to win a title in 2021 after the first one in Argentina captured in 2020. That's what I achieved in Geneva and then it all happened," Ruud said, per We Love Tennis.

Ruud wouldn't mind switching titles with Djokovic and Medvedev

"It's a fun thing to say it, but obviously Daniil and Novak have bigger titles, so I wouldn't mind switching up with them if I had an opportunity to switch five 250s to three Slams and a 250 Novak has.

It's a bit higher level, but that's fine. I think that's more impressive obviously than five 250s, but I will take it," Ruud said after winning San Diego. "It would be fun to end the year with the most titles, I cannot lie about that." Ruud destroyed Cameron Norrie 6-0 6-2 in the San Diego Open final and Australian tennis legend Rod Laver was in the stands.

"Special thanks to Rod, obviously the legend. I think you need to come to all my matches now because I'm playing really good when you come and watch," Ruud said during the trophy ceremony. "I hope you will come to Indian Wells next week to watch, so let's see [what happens there]!"

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