Casper Ruud confirms himself as the absolute ruler of the red earth. The Norwegian tennis player won a comeback 5-7 6-2 6-3 on Sunday against home favorite Diego Schwartzman in the 250 tournament in Buenos Aires, winning his seventh career ATP 250, the sixth on clay.
Ruud had the strength to recover the disadvantage accrued in the first set, the first partial lost in the whole tournament, and in the other two he dominated El Peque, breaking his serve four times. At the press conference, the current number 8 in the ranking dealt with various topics: how he lived the game, which players he takes inspiration from and commented on what it feels like to play with the crowd against.
When asked who in his opinion are the strongest players on the red surface, Ruud replied Rafael Nadal and Thiem. “I've always admired Nadal and Thiem. I think they are very good on clay because of their heavy play, which allows them to win a lot of games.
I always look at what they do well. Zverev is also good on clay or Tsitsipas, which doesn't have a similar game to Thiem or Rafa. Many different styles can be played on clay. I think mine fits well. If you look at my results over the last few years, I have achieved many victories that give me confidence.
I hope it continues like this for the next few seasons, even in the big tournaments. Especially in the Grand Slams, where I wasn't at the level I expected. Roland Garros will always be a great challenge for me”, the Norwegian replied.
The number 8 of the ranking then commented on his final with Schwartzman.
Uncle Toni reflects on Nadal
Rafael Nadal's former coach Toni Nadal has refused to throw his weight behind a single player in the GOAT debate, insisting that his opinion is not valid since he is the uncle of one of the contenders.
"There are different measures to determine who is number one (of all time). The one who has played better in some tournaments, or the one who has played better for a longer time; the one who has had more victories. That is up to everyone's taste; depending on what you look at, they can be Federer, Djokovic, or Rafael, who is the one who has won the most Grand Slam titles with less participation," Uncle Toni was quoted as saying by Marca.
"My opinion [on the GOAT debate], in any case, is not valid because he is my nephew, and if I considered that another is the best, I would not say so... I would never say of a relative that he is a genius," added the 60-year-old.