Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud was thrilled after winning his second ATP title of the season in Bastad. Over 20 years ago, Ruud's father Christian finished runner-up in Bastad. But on Sunday the Ruud junior handled the business as he handed a 6-3 6-3 loss to Federico Coria in the Bastad final.
“It was an incredible week, maybe the best week of my life,” Ruud said. “It is an incredible feeling playing here in Bastad with the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish support. There is nothing like that home crowd feeling.
“To win here means a lot. You get a little extra nervous as the No. 1 seed. Me and my father [former World No. 39 Christian Ruud] have been joking about when I am going to beat him at this and this, and now I think I have beaten him in everything!
The Ruud family can finally bring the trophy home to Norway. It is a special feeling having him here with me”.
Kevin Anderson, Pablo Carreno Busta join Ruud on the winners' circle
In the Newport final, wildcard Anderson beat rising American 7-6 (8) 6-4 to lift his first ATP title since 2019.
“It’s been a pretty tough run with some injuries. But to be back here at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with such history, this couldn’t be a better week for me to start, hopefully, my comeback," Anderson said during the trophy ceremony.
"I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out”. In Hamburg, No. 2 seed Carreno Busta beat Filip Krajinovic in the final 6-2 6-4. "It's an incredible feeling," Carreno Busta said in an on-court interview.
"I think that I worked very, very hard to finally win this title. It's my first ATP 500 title." Carreno Busta admitted he was nervous toward the end of the match but he managed to hold on to his serve. "Maybe at the end of the match I was very nervous," Carreno Busta said.
"But I served good, so [that] was very important to finish the match." Carreno Busta didn't drop a single set en route to winning Hamburg. "I felt very comfortable during the whole week from the first match," Carreno Busta said.
"I think that I played very good and I continued improving during the week. That's very important and today in the final I probably played the best match of the tournament."