How Ruud's Gstaad win can help his form
Casper Ruud played his best game en route to a title win at the Swiss Open Gstaad. This marks his seventh win in a row and third title of the 2021 ATP Tour.
Ruud just keeps on winning. The third seed went on to beat French star Hugo Gaston in two sets, 6-3 and 6-2, en route to the win and did all he could to make sure that he would close it out with full confidence.
Prior to the contest, Ruud won the Nordea Open as well, and that gave him a good momentum heading to this one. Ruud was made to battle in big matches, and he did well when it came to the depth from the baseline. At the age of 22, he broke Gaston four times to claim the win in one hour and 36 minutes.
‘It was tough’, Ruud said. ‘Out of these past two weeks, this was definitely the toughest match for me against Hugo. He plays very fast and doesn't give you much rhythm. He can play drop shots and hit winners from anywhere. I really had to step up in the big points and luckily I was able to do so today’.
Ruud has won a total of 24 wins in clay court, and now he is in ninth place for the ATP Race to Turin. He has won two titles in Switzerland when he took home the Gonet Geneva Open trophy last May.
For Ruud, this win is a great boost to his form that a lot of people have doubted. He’s been waiting for a chance to win games, and now he has done so well and kept his eyes on the prize to bring out the best in him.
‘When you win a tournament you have to beat many good players on the way and it was the same this week’, Ruud said. ‘Every match was good and every match I played well. When you are in the final of a tournament you will give everything no matter what, and that is what I did today’.
Ruud has carried his pace well in the past few games. He’s been at his best and no one can beat him. That is the best run he had so far, and he was able to make the most of his push as he keeps on grinding one tourney at a time.
No one can deny how Ruud works hard for his success. The young star still has a lot of years ahead of him, and that makes him more fun to watch. He is a few years away from his prime, yet he plays like he’s been in the Tour for a long time.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores