Casper Ruud admitted Rafael Nadal gave him «a good beating» in the French Open final as he is happy that in his second Grand Slam final he will not face the Spaniard at Roland Garros. Ruud, 23, reached his first Grand Slam final at this year’s French Open, before Nadal defeated him 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.
On Friday, Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov 7-5(5) 6-2 5-7 6-2 to reach the US Open final. This time, Ruud plays Carlos Alcaraz for the US Open title. «(Nadal) obviously gave me a good beating,» Ruud said. “After the final I said, ‘if I ever reach one again, I hope it’s not Rafa on the other side of the court at Roland Garros’, because I think it’s an impossible task for any player.
I’m happy that it’s not Rafa on clay. I hope I have prepared myself a bit. At least I know a little bit about what I’m up against when I step on the court, I see the trophy at the end of the court, I see tons of celebrities.
Hopefully I can be more prepared for that on Sunday.”
Ruud admits he is not the most popular Norwegian athlete
Ruud is now just one win away from becoming a Grand Slam champion and the highest ranked player in the world. But he admits that Erling Haaland, who currently plays for Manchester City, remains Norway’s most popular athlete.
“He’s had an amazing season so far. We all hope that it will continue. It’s a joy to see him score goal after goal. He obviously he is the biggest star we have in Norway at the moment. He will probably be for many years to come.
I’m just focused on my career. I hope I can of course win more tournaments in my career. I want to represent Norway in a good way and put Norwegian tennis a little more on the map than it has been in recent years,» Ruud said.