BRILLIANT! Casper Ruud Joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Makes Major Breakthrough in Race for ATP Finals Spot

Published 08/03/2021, 7:30 AM 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


Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud is having the time of his life this season. He is one of the players who has made the most significant impact on the men’s Tour this season. The 22-year-old player will only get stronger as time goes by. 

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Recently, there was a positive development in the case of Casper Ruud. The youngster is currently sitting on the 8th and final spot of the ATP Finals to be held in Turin later this season. After his impressive results, one cannot be surprised that he has managed to climb the ladder so high. 

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

Casper Ruud is one spot behind a 20-time Major winner 

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The upcoming talent is just one spot away from Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the charts and is followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini, respectively. 

Reflecting on his season so far, the Norwegian star began competing in Melbourne at the Australian Open. He registered his best performance in a Grand Slam event by making it to the fourth round. After that, he had a successful clay season, reaching the semifinal at the Monte Carlo Masters. In that event, he beat Diego Schwartzman and former champion Fabio Fognini. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Norway’s Casper Ruud in action during his quarter final match Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Juan Medina

Later on, he knocked out Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas during their meeting at the ATP Mutua Madrid Open. Eventually, he got knocked out by Matteo Berrettini in the semifinal. Due to his clay-court performances, he broke into the top 20 of the ATP Rankings. 

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Now that the season has shifted back on the hardcourts, it will be interesting to see how Rudd copes with the shift. Given the manner in which he is playing, he looks certain to create a few headlines in the upcoming events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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