Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud lost to world No. 8 Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinal but later mentioned rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz in his post-match press conference. Ruud, ranked at No. 27 in the world, was aiming to make his maiden Masters final but he fell short as Rublev won 6-3 7-5 to reach his first Masters final.
A week earlier, Ruud played in Marbella -- where he made the quarterfinal before losing to Alcaraz 6-2 6-4. "I played pretty well in Marbella, but I lost to a good young player. I got a tough beating there. He was playing very well.
Surprised me a bit how well Alcaraz was playing back in Marbella. He showed me that the young guys are coming," Ruud said of Alcaraz after his semifinal defeat in Monte Carlo, per Chris Oddo.
Alcaraz didn't play in Monte Carlo
After beating Ruud to make his maiden ATP semifinal, Alcaraz fell short against eventual runner-up Jaume Munar.
Recently, Alcaraz urged everyone to keep safe and take precaution regarding COVID-19. "You always have to take precautions even if you are at home and have vacation days,” said Alcaraz on COVID-19. “If you go out to party and do not take the proper precautions, it hurts you in your work.
And being two weeks without doing physical makes you lose shape. “Even if we don’t want to (have the vaccine), we all have to do it and so do I. It is the best solution to end the virus and live a normal life as soon as possible."
Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 118 in the world, has been tipped to become a future Grand Slam champion and world No. 1. Alcaraz is only 17 years old and he is one of the most talented and promising players from the young generation.