Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud insisted it wasn't easy against world No. 155 Hugo Gaston in the Gstaad final despite claiming a 6-3 6-2 win. Ruud, who was seeded at No. 1, faced 10 break points during the match but lost his serve only once.
On the other side, he claimed four breaks. "It was tough," Ruud said, per the ATP website. "Out of these past two weeks, this was definitely the toughest match for me against Hugo. He plays very fast and doesn't give you much rhythm.
He can play drop shots and hit winners from anywhere. I really had to step up in the big points and luckily I was able to do so today." Ruud, who won Bastad a week earlier, now has four ATP titles in his collection. "When you win a tournament you have to beat many good players on the way and it was the same this week," Ruud said.
"Every match was good and every match I played well. When you are in the final of a tournament you will give everything no matter what, and that is what I did today."
Cameron Norrie joins Ruud on the winners' circle
In the Los Cabos final, No.
1 seed Norrie saw off Brandon Nakashima 6-2 6-2 to lift his maiden ATP title. "I feel very happy. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, proud of my team and how I handled the week. I am happy how I improved every match.
I used my experience a little bit today and I think it showed in the match," Norrie said. "I think it’s a huge bonus. It was always a goal of mine to get my first title. Obviously I’d lost three finals this year, so it was very nice to get over the line today.
I’m going to enjoy it tonight and then [go] straight back to work." Norrie didn't drop a single set en route to winning Los Cabos. "I think I played very solid throughout the whole week. I improved, I think my returns were very, very solid this week.
It's obviously a big step for me to get my first title, so I couldn't be happier," Norrie said. "I'm happy with my level and how I handled the situation, especially coming in as the No. 1 seed. It's not easy to be the favourite. "I went out there and took care of business when I needed to."