Casper Ruud describes Roger Federer, reflects on Federer's final tournament

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Casper Ruud describes Roger Federer, reflects on Federer's final tournament

World No. 3 Casper Ruud described Roger Federer as "a great guy" and said it was an unbelievable experience to witness in live Federer's final tournament. Two weeks ago at the Laver Cup, former 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer retired from professional tennis.

Ruud, who represented Team Europe, was Federer's teammate in the Swiss' final tournament. "Roger is a great guy, he will be involved in tennis, for hopefully many years to come. He loves it, being around it. It was incredible to be there (with him at Laver Cup) as a witness, it was emotional & touching to watch everything, I had an unbelievable time," Ruud said of Federer.

Ruud didn't impress in Asia

After the Laver Cup in London, Ruud traveled to Asia.

Last week, Ruud suffered a shock quarterfinal defeat to Yoshihito Nishioka in Seoul. This week, Ruud shockingly lost to Jaume Munar in his Tokyo opener. After two surprising losses in Seoul and Tokyo, Ruud admitted that coming to Asia was probably a mistake.

"I probably made a mistake scheduling this events in Asia. I'm playing too many tournaments," Ruud said. Ruud was the top-seeded player at this week's Japan Open in Tokyo. But his campaign in Tokyo was short-lived as Munar handed him a 6-3 6-3 defeat in the first round.

After losing to Munar in straight sets, Ruud admitted he just couldn't find his game and rhythm. "I couldn't find the level I needed to today. I wasn't able to get my feet going or the game going. If I want to play well I need to move well, and that wasn't the case today.

[There are] many things that I can make excuses about, but at the end it was not my day and Jaume was the better player, and you saw it clearly in the score," Ruud said after the loss.