World No. 8 Casper Ruud says he has nothing against being labeled as a clay court player. Ruud, 23, is a dominant force on clay as he has already won six ATP titles on clay. Ruud, a seven-time ATP champion, captured his lone ATP title outside clay in San Diego last year.
Ruud's clay-court dominance was on full display during the summer of 2021 as he won three titles in as many weeks in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel. "What's your message to all your haters who say you're just a clay vulture?" a fan asked Ruud on Twitter.
Ruud responded: "I don’t mind it at all, clay is a surface with a lot of history so I’m fine with being called a clay court player."
Ruud won a second Buenos Aires title
Ruud has won one title so far in 2022 and that title came on the clay courts of Buenos Aires.
Ruud, who captured his maiden ATP title in Buenos Aires two years ago, defeated Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-2 6-3 in this year's Buenos Aires final to win his second title at the tournament. “Although I lost the first set, I had chances," Ruud said after beating Schwartzman.
"Things can change a lot after making the first break. It's something that calms you down, you start to gain confidence with each game. It is difficult for your opponent to recover that break. Everything seemed to be going well for me after I managed to break his serve in the second set.
I don't think I made too many changes, maybe I made fewer mistakes. I was able to win the important points. It was difficult to come back after the first set because I had a set ball. I just try to stay there, keep fighting. The game can change very quickly.
“I think I started the match pretty well. I made some mistakes, but that's tennis. You have to accept it and move on. From the second set I was able to correct those mistakes and I was able to win." Ruud was scheduled to play more tournaments in South America but an injury limited him to only playing Buenos Aires.