Grigor Dimitrov explains what makes Casper Ruud dangerous



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Grigor Dimitrov explains what makes Casper Ruud dangerous

Former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov says the consistency and hard work were the two key things to Casper Ruud's outstanding 2021 season. Ruud enjoyed a great season last year, having won five titles. After winning his first title of the year at the Geneva Open in May, Ruud enjoyed a stunning summer as he won three consecutive titles in as many weeks - Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.

In October, Ruud lifted his first hard title after beating Cameron Norrie in the San Diego Open final. "I think consistency for me is the biggest key for what happened last year. No doubt about it. He’s been able to back it up, so a lot of credit to him.

Casper’s diligent in his work. That makes him very dangerous," Dimitrov told tennis.com.

Ruud defeated Dimitrov en route to winning San Diego

The first and so far lone meeting between Ruud and Dimitrov came in the San Diego semifinal.

Dimitrov, a far more accomplished hard court player than Ruud, competed well in the San Diego semifinal but the Norwegian claimed a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win. Ruud's breakthrough season was also recognized by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix-Aliassime as the two top-10 player heaped praise on the Norwegian.

"Casper is a great person. He’s always handled himself with a lot of respect and integrity. As a player, he’s fierce and built a style of play that’s very consistent. He deserves where he is now. I have a ton of respect for the work he’s done," Tsitsipas said.

Auger-Aliassime added: “Casper is a great person. He’s always handled himself with a lot of respect and integrity. As a player, he’s fierce and built a style of play that’s very consistent. He deserves where he is now. I have a ton of respect for the work he’s done."