Christian Ruud was a former world No. 39 and he was in the 1999 French Open draw that also featured Roger Federer. Now in 2019 there is Casper Ruud, Christian's son, and still Federer. Ahead of his third round match against the Swiss, the Swedish player said: "My father retired when he was pretty young.
He was around 30 years old. So, you know, Roger was just coming up, I think, a little bit. He was around, yeah, 18, 19, I think, when my father kind of stopped. So I think they practiced together once, he told me, but he never played him.
So I will be the first Ruud to say that I was able to play him, so that's a bit funny. But, you know, ever since I can remember, I've been watching Roger on TV. And to be honest, I've been a little bit more of a Rafa fan and Rafa guy.
But those two have always been my two absolute favorites. And, you know, I have just an amazing amount of respect for him and everything he's done for the sport, how gentle he is on and off the court, and he's just a perfect example for all young players.
Of course I remember some incredible matches between him and Rafa, you know, in my very young days. I remember especially the Wimbledon final where Rafa ended up winning in that amazing fifth set. And I remember Roger beating I think it was Roddick the year after in another amazing five-setter. So of course he has had an amazing career and the most winning player ever."