Casper Ruud Reaches Incredible Landmark Ahead of Novak Djokovic in 2021 Season

Published 10/27/2021, 10:32 PM EDT
Oct 11, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Casper Ruud (NOR) hits a shot during his third round match against Lloyd Harris (RSA) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Every year, a few tennis players rise to their potential and make a breakthrough in the sport. In the 2021 season, Casper Ruud has inarguably earned that recognition. He not only debuted in the Top 10 this year but has also claimed five ATP titles. And now, the 22-year-old has recorded his 50th ATP match win of the season, six more than the World No.1 Novak Djokovic. An incredible feat, indeed.

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For starters, Djokovic has had an incomparable year with a 27-1 Grand Slam record and a 44-6 win-loss ratio so far. But comparatively, Ruud has attained more titles and more match wins than the Serbian ace. Accordingly, the Norwegian star is also close to booking a spot in the season-ending ATP Finals for the first time.

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Comparison between Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud’s 2021 season

Primarily, Casper Ruud defeated Llyod Harris in the Vienna Open 2021, his 50th win of the season. Also, it is his 20th tournament of the year.

Unquestionably, it is one of those extraordinary landmarks that are great to have but most challenging to reach. But considering Ruud’s discipline and determination to win, the breakthrough was only a matter of time.

Oct 13, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Casper Ruud (NOR) hits a shot during his fourth round match against Diego Schwartzman (ARG) during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On the other side, Novak Djokovic has recorded a 44-6 win-loss record in the 2021 season so far. And for this, he competed in merely nine tournaments.

Additionally, the 34-year-old has lifted four titles this year, including three Grand Slams: Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. Indeed, one of the best seasons of his entire career.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

In comparison, both Ruud and Djokovic have cemented their dominance on the ATP Tour this season. And although their achievements are unique, they both have focused on winning quite similarly.

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What’s next for Ruud and Djokovic in the 2021 season?

According to the Vienna draw, Ruud will take on Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the second round. Given his form, 50 is nowhere near his end number for the 2021 season.

As for Djokovic, he is finally preparing to make a comeback following his US Open heartbreak. Moreover, he has shown the green light for Paris Bercy and Davis Cup Finals.

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Above all, both Djokovic and Ruud will also hope to do well in the season-ending ATP Finals this year, if the Norwegian qualifies. Let’s see how the competition between the two progress from here on.

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Do you think Djokovic will catch up to Ruud in ATP wins in the 2021 season?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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