Casper Ruud Surpasses Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev in an Incredible Record After San Diego Open 2021 Glory

Published 10/04/2021, 3:32 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Norway’s Casper Ruud celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Juan Medina


World No.1 Novak Djokovic couldn’t accomplish his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021. Daniil Medvedev defeated him in straight sets there and thus, became the first player since Stan Wawrinka to defeat a member of the ‘Big Three’ in a Grand Slam final.

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Even though Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev have won four titles each in 2021 so far, they are not the ones who have accomplished the most number of trophies this year. There is a player who recently won his fifth title on the ATP Tour this season.

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Casper Ruud surpasses Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev

Ruud recently emerged as the winner of the San Diego Open 2021. The Norwegian player defeated Cameron Norrie in straight sets in the finals to clinch the title. Interestingly, he even bageled the British player in the first set and lost just a single set in the whole tournament.

Surprisingly, this is Ruud’s fifth title of the season, which makes him move ahead of Djokovic and Medvedev. Courtesy of his recent success on the tour, he is currently World No.10 player in the ATP rankings.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia cries during a line change in the third set against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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Casper Ruud in the 2021 tennis season

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Ruud is enjoying a phenomenal season so far. Even though he tasted little success at the Grand Slams, he has conquered a lot of ATP tournaments this year.

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Botic Van De Zandschulp of Netherlands hits a shot against Casper Ruud of Norway in a second round match on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The World No.10 player began his incredible run at the Geneva Open 2021 where he beat Denis Shapovalov in the finals to achieve his first title in 2021. Later, he won the Swedish Open, the Swiss Open, the Austrian Open 2021 titles back-to-back and became completely unstoppable.

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His recent victory came at the San Diego Open 2021. Fans have huge expectations of him and want him to continue playing with the same kind of momentum. Will he be able to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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