Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz get company in Turin



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Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz get company in Turin

World no. 2 Casper Ruud will compete at the ATP Finals in Turin for the second straight season. The last year's semi-finalist has joined Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz at the premium ATP event, playing on a high level in 2022 and elevating his game to a higher level.

Ruud won 46 ATP matches this season ahead of the current week, reaching two Major finals and missing a chance to become world no. 1 after the US Open. Casper claimed three small ATP titles on clay this year. Also, he accumulated notable points at three significant events in Miami, Paris and New York, losing them to his ATP Finals rivals Nadal and Alcaraz.

The Norwegian won the title in Buenos Aires and reached the Miami final, losing to Carlos Alcaraz 7-5, 6-4. Casper did not play well on clay in the opening four events of the spring swing before raising his level. Ruud lost to Novak Djokovic in the Rome semi-final, won the Geneva crown and notched his first Major final at Roland Garros!

Casper met the king of clay Rafael Nadal and suffered a heavy 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 loss in two hours and 18 minutes. Rafa grabbed eight breaks and fired 37 winners and 18 unforced errors to control the pace and lift the 14th Roland Garros crown.

The Spaniard was especially impressive in the rallies with five or six shots, building a 24-6 lead and marching over the finish line with a bagel in set number three.

Casper Ruud will compete at the ATP Finals in Turin.

Ruud broke at love in the second set's fourth game following Nadal's errors and built a 3-1 advantage.

Rafa shifted into a higher gear and rattled off 11 consecutive games to topple the young rival and race towards the finish line. Casper won the Gstaad crown in July and made a deep run at the US Open. Ruud took down Matteo Berrettini and Karen Khachanov to advance into the second Major final.

Carlos Alcaraz and Casper battled for a Major crown and the ATP throne, and the Spaniard earned a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory. Carlos saved two set points in the third set's 12th game and marched toward the victory from there to write history books.

"I just got the news that I qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin again this year, and I'm looking forward to returning to Italy. I had a great time last year; it's a great country for tennis," Casper Ruud said.