Casper Ruud admitted that everything went into his favor against Felix Auger-Aliassime and noted that the Canadian is definitely a better player than the result from their match would suggest. On Friday, Ruud ousted Auger-Aliassime 6-1 6-2 in the Montreal Masters quarterfinal.
Auger-Aliassime won a total of three games but somehow it was him that got off to a solid start. In the very first game of the match, Auger-Aliassime broke Ruud. Losing your serve in the opening game of the match is never ideal but Ruud bounced back impressively as he claimed five consecutive breaks and won 10 games in a row to in the end claim a very comfortable win.
Ruud: Everything went into my favor against Auger-Aliassime
“It was one of those days where everything goes in one favour and luckily it was in my favour. With a player like Felix, you need to rely on some margins going your way.
I didn’t expect them to all go on my side,” Ruud said after the win, per the ATP website. “It was a bit of a difficult start. I got broken but then was able to turn everything around. I hit my spots, made the shots I needed to and make him hit a lot of balls.
That was the game plan and it worked well. I am sure Felix has played better than he has today. He has for sure, I have seen it before. It is a pity because he is playing at home. Maybe that was a factor, you could be nervous, but I am not going to talk for Felix.
It was a big moment. This arena was full today and I am lucky I was able to win”. Ruud, who ended runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz in the Miami Masters final earlier this year, is playing his first hard court tournament since Miami.
After beating Auger-Aliassime, Ruud said he wanted to do well in Montreal but admitted he didn’t think it was too likely.