Casper Ruud made the definitive leap in quality in 2021, proving he can be competitive even away from his beloved clay. The Norwegian player has posted five ATP titles since the start of the year, the latest of which came on hard courts in San Diego.
In addition to being in full swing for the ATP Finals in Turin, Casper has finally silenced all those who criticized him for his style of play. Ruud is also juggling very well in Indian Wells, where conditions seem ideal for a player of his kind.
He has just defeated Lloyd Harris in a comeback and will start as the favorite in the second round ahead of Argentinian Schwartzman. At a press conference, the 22-year-old from Oslo admitted that his triumphs cannot be equated with those of Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev.
The number 1 ATP won three Grand Slams in 2021 and was close to the en-plein at the US Open, where he surrendered in the final to a wild Medvedev. The Russian won his first major and took revenge for the beating he suffered in the final at the Australian Open.
Casper Ruud on his 2021 season
"It's a great feeling to be at the top of this ranking but I know that my titles are not worth those of Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev, that they are not as prestigious as Grand Slam tournaments or Masters 1000.
In fact at the start of the season, I thought to myself that it would be good to win a title in 2021 after the first in Argentina acquired in 2020. This is what I achieved in Geneva and then it all happened. is chained this summer on clay.
This is also why my success in San Diego is important, but then again I know it won't be playing again in October in California" - Casper Ruud stated. Novak Djokovic's apparel sponsor, Lacoste, are on the verge of releasing a new clothing line called 'capsule collection'
They recently gave a glimpse of the designs on social media, prompting plenty of amusing reactions from fans. "The way he's standing, the background and the colours...for a second I thought it was Squid Game," a Twitter user wrote.
The creator of the games manages to attract a total of 456 people, who are all housed together in a massive hall. The participants are also given a green-colored uniform to wear, which bears a unique number. Fans of the show compared this uniform to the attire Novak Djokovic was sporting for Lacoste. While the two outfits are not entirely identical, there are a lot of similarities.