Top-ranked Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud was extremely happy with his preparation for the French Open. Ruud, seeded at No. 3, handed a 7-6 (6) 6-4 loss to Denis Shapovalov in the Geneva Open final on Saturday. Ruud has had a good clay season as he also reached the Madrid Masters semifinal.
“It feels great that I’ve been playing well lately and reaching the later stages in my past tournaments,” Ruud said in his post-match press conference. “It is a big confidence-booster ahead of Roland Garros… It was a close match today and it could have gone either way”.
As not a single break point was seen in the first set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Ruud blew four consecutive set points before converting his fifth set point. Ruud then broke Shapovalov in the fifth game of the second set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win.
“It was a tough first set, it was very close,” Ruud said. “We were both serving great so there weren’t that many rallies after the serve on both sides because of the high level. But in the tie-break there were some rallies here and there… Happily for me I won the first set, and I think that gave me a little bit of confidence to calm down a little bit – not to relax, but to play more freely”.
Ruud now has two ATP titles
“It feels as good to win today as it did in Buenos Aires [in 2020],” Ruud said. “I was more mature this week, knowing that I won a title before. It’s something else to do it the second time, but it’s the same great winning taste and winning feeling”.
Meanwhile, John Peers and Michael Venus defeared Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez 6-2 7-5 in the Geneva doubles final. "It was definitely a tough week," Peers told ATPTour.com. "We tried three times to get on court for our first match [against Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop] and the ground staff did an incredible job to get the courts ready.
It was a nice, sunny day for the final and it was good fun." Venus told ATPTour.com, "I didn't know we had a 4-0 record in finals! It shows that when we're confident and playing well good things happen. Hopefully we can use this confidence going forwards."