Casper Ruud: Goal is to qualify for Nitto ATP Finals



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Casper Ruud: Goal is to qualify for Nitto ATP Finals

Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud has admitted that his goal is to make the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 14 in the world, is 10th on the Race to Turin list. Ruud has won two ATP titles this year, having won the Geneva Open and Nordea Open in Bastad last week.

“It is something you look up to [qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals]. It shows you have been one of the best players on Tour," Ruud said, per the ATP website. “It is definitely something I am aiming for, and if it happens this year that will be amazing.

In tennis, you need to take your chances and earn your way up”.

Ruud makes a positive start in Gstaad

Ruud, seeded at No. 3, had a first round bye in Gstaad. On Thursday, Ruud kicked off his campaign in Gstaad and claimed a 6-4 7-6 (5) win over Dennis Novak to progress iinto the Gstaad quarterfinal.

Ruud failed to convert any of his three break points chances in the sixth game but claimed the first break of the match in the 10th game to win the opener. As not a single break point was seen in the second set tie-break, the set had to be resolved in a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Ruud realized his third match point to escape with a straight-set win. “I have an incredible motivation to play on clay this year, especially after the cancellation of clay events last season,” Ruud said.

“I think I am playing with a high intensity and good mentality on every point. At this level, it is normally a couple of points that decide a match. “Even today it was a tight second set that could have gone either way, and if I hadn’t won that second set it would have been a tough three setter”.