Casper Ruud reveals the cause of the illness suffered against Zverev

At the press conference following the Roland Garros semi-final, the Norwegian player explained the nature of his stomach problems

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Casper Ruud reveals the cause of the illness suffered against Zverev
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Casper Ruud had reached the semifinals in Paris, after his success in the ATP 250 in Geneva, in the week preceding the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. But a stomach problem ruined his Roland Garros semifinal, which he later lost in four sets to Alexander Zverev. In the press conference Ruud spoke about the problem that severely limited him in the match, trying to analyze what happened to him in the second set.

"At the end of the first set I started to feel some discomfort and pain in my stomach. Then I couldn't maintain the intensity and energy level. It was something that bothered me and prevented me from playing the way I wanted, and it's It was a shame. I don't want to make any kind of excuses, it happened this way but it's frustrating and disappointing," he explained.

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Casper Ruud© Tim Goode / Stringer Getty Images Sport

The Norwegian failed to reach the final of the Parisian Major for the third year in a row. After defeats in 2022 against Rafael Nadal and in 2023 against Novak Djokovic, Caper was aiming to give himself a new chance to win the first Grand Slam title of his career. But his dream ended: Zverev beat him in four sets but the stomach problems greatly affected his match and did not allow him to fight at 100%. However, Ruud declares himself happy with his Roland Garros and with his year despite this setback in the semi-final.

"I'm very happy with how the season has gone so far. I've tried to make some changes and improvements to my game and I think they've worked quite well. I don't feel complete as a player yet, far from it. So I still have a lot of things to work on. This result here in Paris is a great result, it was just a shame that the semi-final ended like this," he explained at the press conference the Norvegian player, which anyway played an overall good clay-swing also this season.

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