Speaking to Tennis Portalen, Casper Ruud recalled when Nick Kyrgios threw a chair on court during their second round match at the Rome Open. The Norwegian said: "He acted like an idiot when I faced him. It was nice to win.
I was happy because I got 50 points and $50,000 prize money, so why should I not celebrate?" Ruud also spoke about the next generation: "Tsitsipas is good. I grew up with him but people may think that he is better than the one he is.
He is a top ten player and I do not want to say he is not good, but he has some weaknesses on his game. He is good but you can beat him. Look at his US Open and Wimbledon first round losses. The same with Felix Auger-Aliassime.
He has an extremely high level. De Minaur is unbelievably fast, a good forehand and backhand. A good player." On Rafael Nadal, he revealed an anecdote: "He flew home just after losing the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic.
During the same morning he landed in, I trained with him at the Academy with Toni, he came straight forward on court and he said: "You have to play this and that, you have to hit more top spin." "Both Federer and Nadal are special.
With Roger it was the first time for everything because I had never competed and trained with him. It was special."