Casper Ruud thinks it’s great for the game that young stars like Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune win big titles and show that in today’s tennis «everyone can beat everyone». Alcaraz and Rune, both 19, are now in the top 10 players and have proven they have what it takes to beat the biggest players in the game.
Alcaraz has had an impressive 2022 season, winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest No. 1 in tennis history. On the other hand, Rune defeated five top 10 players en route to winning his first Masters title in Paris last week.
In the Paris final, Rune recovered from a set down to beat Novak Djokovic.
Runa in the ascent of Alcaraz, Runa
Rune and Carlos are the same age. It’s great to have two of these guys now fighting for the biggest titles and winning them.
It is really impressive. Of course, it’s a bit surprising that he [Rune] did as well as him. But I feel like almost everyone can beat everyone and that’s a little more exciting. It’s possible that the general level of tennis has increased in all aspects, and more players can challenge the best in the world, which is fun, and you will have these slightly more surprising results here and there.
It’s fun to see him and Carlos come up and show the world that they’re here and they’re hungry, ready to play,» Ruud told Eurosport’s Ruud talk podcast, quoted on Eurosport.
Meanwhile, Ruud is set to compete at the ATP Finals. Alcaraz, who secured a ticket to the ATP Finals long ago, was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. On the other hand, Rune is in Turin but is a substitute. Whether Ruud can cap off his breakout 2022 season with a maiden ATP Finals title remains to be seen.