Rising Norwegian star Casper Ruud didn't hide his emotions after claiming his maiden ATP title as the 21-year-old admitted that Buenos Aires is now a special place place for him. Ruud, who started Buenos Aires ranked at No.
45 in the world, saw off Portuguese lucky loser Joao Sousa in the Argentina Open final 6-1 6-4 to become the first-ever Norwegian with an ATP title. The Norwegian dropped just one set en route to winning the title as he also handed straight-set defeats to Pablo Andujar, Roberto Carvalles Buena and Dusan Lajovic, while he needed three sets only against Juan Ignacio Londero in the semifinal.
"I feel a great sensation now. It is what all players look for and dream. I am very happy with my career, although I know that I am still young," Ruud said, per the ATP Tour. "Buenos Aires will always be a special place for me, this is my first title."
Sousa, who was beaten in the Buenos Aires qualifying final round but still made the main draw as a lucky loser, wasn't at 100 percent in the final as he was dealing with a left leg injury. "I knew that my opponent was not 100 percent, but those kinds of issues are part of the game," Ruud admitted. "I went out to win the match and the tournament."