Norwegian tnenis star Casper Ruud was an enemy with Jannik Sinner on Friday on the court but when their match finished the Norwegian was ready to hang out with the italian. Ruud, 22, and 20-year-old Sinner are both ranked inside the top-11 and considered as the future of tennis.
On Friday, world No. 11 Sinner was the one that ended on the winning side as he beat Ruud 7-5 6-1 in the Vienna quarterfinal. "Me and Sinner, we didn't grow up together, like I did with other kids my age, but we have a good relationship.
Over the past few years we have trained together several times and played the same tournaments. At the end of the match we can easily be friends," Ruud said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Sinner thought he came up big on key points versus Ruud
Sinner blew an early first set break but broke Ruud again in the 11th game, before serving out for the opener in the following game.
After winning a tight first set, Sinner broke Ruud three times in the second set to book a straight-set win. “I think today [there] was not a lot of rhythm, not so many exchanges. I served well today I have to say, especially on the important points," Sinner said in his post-match interview.
"Obviously [there was] a lot of pressure on both sides. I’m happy how I controlled the match emotionally and everything together. I would say it was a good match”. Sinner has won two indoor titles this month.
“The past couple of weeks indoors I’ve felt well. Obviously we can see that in the results as well, but every match is different," Sinner said. "I have to stay focussed, I have a goal in my head. Obviously [there is] a lot of pressure, but it’s all about [the] mental game in this sport and I think I’m doing it in the right way”.