No. 1 seed Casper Ruud admitted he felt the nerves toward the end of his match against Roberto Carballes Baena in Bastad. Ruud, ranked at No. 16 in the world, handed a 6-1 6-4 loss to Carballes Baena to make the Bastad final.
Ruud dropped his serve in the eighth game of the second set but broke Carballes Baena again in the ninth game and served out fr the match in the following game. “I played a very good first set, I am very happy,” Ruud said.
“[The second set] was a bit back and forth, I started to get a bit nervous towards the end. I started to play the points to quickly and didn’t play my game. That is natural when you are feeling the nerves. “I am looking forward to the final.
It is my fifth final of my career, and I am looking to make it three titles and my second one this year. I hope we can have some Scandinavian cheering”.
Ruud plays Federico Coria in the Bastad final
Ruud will be aiming to lift his second title of the year when he meets Coria in the final.
Elsewhere, wildcard Kevin Anderson recovered from a set down to beat top-seeded Alexander Bublik in the Newport final 4-6 7-6 (3) 7-5. “It’s the biggest match of the week, and I’ve worked a long time to be back in a final,” Anderson said.
“It’s been quite some time for me [since my last final], so it means a lot. I am going to enjoy this win, and I hope to be ready for tomorrow”. “After Wimbledon I saw that I wasn’t going to be in the main draw [of the US Open], so I emailed the tournament [in Newport] and they were kind enough to give me a wild card.
I knew I had to make the semis in order to reach the main draw, that was the first step. Now I hope that tomorrow I can go one step further”. Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Pablo Carreno Busta beat Federico Delbonis 7-6 (2) 6-3 to reach the Hamburg final.
“It was a tough match today, but I am very happy because Federico is a really tough player,” Carreno Busta said. “Always when I play against him, I am very uncomfortable. I am happy because my level today was very good.
“I probably played better in the second set, but I continued fighting all the time. I enjoy playing here, I feel comfortable here. It is my most important match this year [tomorrow]. I need to be really focused until the end again”.