Casper Ruud: It was good for me to be around such players at Laver Cup

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Casper Ruud: It was good for me to be around such players at Laver Cup

Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud enjoyed his Laver Cup debut. Ruud, 22, appeared in only one match at the Laver Cup but he made it count. Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world, beat Reilly Opelka in straight sets in the opening match of this year's Laver Cup.

Ruud is a top-10 player but he was the lowest-ranked player on Team Europe. Besides Ruud, Team Europe also featured Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini. Team Europe ended up destroying Team World 14-1.

"It was a very fun week for me personally. To be around fellow young players and all of the players that I'm looking up to in some way and trying to learn from them, they are all better than me in the rankings. They are also very young so it's good for me to be around this players," Ruud said.

Ruud loved seeing Roger Federer

Federer, who ended his season in August due to a knee injury, surprised everyone when he flew to Boston to attend the Laver Cup. During the Ruud and Opelka clash, Federer was announced to the crowd and everyone went nuts.

"I think I was at 3-1 in the first and I was about to return and they showed him on the screen and everyone went nuts. He deserves it, the crowd was going crazy, it gave me chills. I was in the match mode but still it's something you can't block out from your feelings.

Like I said, it gave me chills, it was an extremely fun experience for me and it's great to see him back in a tennis arena. Even though he is not playing, he is always a big part of the tennis world and this event. He is one of the guys who made it all happen and started it. He deserved all the cheers he gets from the crowd," Ruud said of Federer.