Casper Ruud said it was "incredible" to witness in live Roger Federer teaming up with Rafael Nadal in his final match. On Friday night in London, Federer played doubles with Federer at the Laver Cup. Early last week, Federer expressed a desire to play doubles with Nadal in his final match.
Nadal granted Federer's wish and that's how they ended up on the same side of the court on Friday night. Ruud, who represented Team Europe, supported Nadal and Federer from the bench. ”Having those two together in Roger’s final match was incredible to witness," Ruud said, per Tennishead.
Ruud on being a part of Federer's final tournament
”I was lucky that I was able to be a part of the team. I learned a lot from the experience," Ruud said. ”It’s inspiring to see that they have the motivation to keep going and they are eager to play and enjoy each other’s company”.
Ruud, who is coming off a runner-up finish at the US Open and is currently the second-ranked player in the world, feels he can further improve his game. ”There’s always room for improvement but I feel I have done very well this year.
If it doesn’t go extremely well, it’s not going to matter too much," Ruud explained. Going forward, one of Ruud's goals is to bring an ATP event to Norway. Ruud has made two Grand Slam finals this season and he is definitely making tennis more popular in Norway.
”With the player in the good ranking, it can maybe be easier to make happen,” Ruud noted. ”It’s very difficult at the moment but I think if I’m able to play an ATP tournament in Norway, I will be very happy."
After the Laver Cup, Ruud traveled to Korea for the Seoul Open. It remains to be seen if first-seeded Ruud can win the inaugural Seoul Open.