Casper Ruud was one of the protagonists of the internazionali BNL d'Italia, in Rome, fifth ATP Master 1000 of the season and third on clay-courts. The Norwegian, during the press conference, talked about Rafael Nadal and, especially, about Carlos Alcaraz.
He said: "Playing against Rafael Nadal (we recall Rafael Nadal was eliminated by Denis Shapovalov in Rome - ed.) Is something different. I've always seen him play on TV. I think I know his game better than any other player.
Playing with him is something different. It's always a challenge, especially on clay-courts. " On Carlos Alcaraz, Ruud analyzed: "I don't mean I'm worried about Alcaraz because I think we should all appreciate how strong he is.
He's a rare talent that has been talked about for some time, he's still so young. He was one of the best players in the world this year. Let's see if he will be able to maintain this level. Everything is new for him too.
I believe that at some point everyone faces challenges in their career. It will be interesting to see how he goes for the rest of the year because the pressure will be different for him, people will get to know him a little more.
I'm not going to sit here and talk about the rest of his career."
Casper Ruud: "Carlos Alcaraz is a rare talent"
He then added: "But it is motivating to see that a young player can achieve great results like this.
Sure, I lost to him twice. Of course, I would like to have my rematch someday. We hope to be able to play other great matches. The most important match of my career I played against him and he managed to win. As I said, I hope I can have my rematch someday.
Yes, I mean, I think we all wish him luck in his career." The Norwegian also talked about the excellent results achieved this year on hard-courts: "If I had to guess if I could ever reach a final of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament, I would never have said the Miami Open.
When I arrived in Miami I thought early in the week that the conditions suited me quite well. The rebound was quite high. I felt at ease from the first training on the court. Of course, sometimes a little luck is needed with the draw.
Sometimes you can have difficult games in the first few matches. Other times you can have a good draw which can lead to the final. Of course, in Miami everything went a little bit smoothly. I said I wanted to end the season on hard courts in a positive way in Miami. Luckily I succeeded. "