Norway's Casper Ruud says surpassing his father in the rankings after winning the Argentina Open was special for him and his father took it quite well. The 21 year old Ruud also reached the final of the Chile Open last week where he lost to Thiago Seyboth Wild.
According to NRK, Ruud says, "Dad took it well. That's something he achieves, too. He is my head coach after all and for him it is a feat for him in a way as well. Even though I have to hit the ball out there." Ruud continues, "There are many professional tennis players who try to win a title, but who unfortunately never manage to do so during a career.
So there is absolutely tough resistance you get in every single tournament you play and everyone who plays the tournament wants to win in the end." Ruud will play for Norway in the Davis Cup this weekend against Barbados at the Oslo Tennis Center, "I think we have good chances.
The Davis Cup is some of the most enjoyable and fun weeks in a year for me. One can play as a team. I like it very well and you get a bit of team feeling." The winner of the tie will advance to the Davis Cup World Group Finals in November and the captain of the Norwegian team Anders Håseth, says that the teammates have much to learn from Ruud's professionalism.
"As far as I know Casper it is important for him to be serious and he expresses that. He is a good role model for the others and means a lot to the team, also as a person and behavior."