Casper Ruud: From that moment on, opponents started to respect me
by SEAD DEDOVIC | VIEW 278
Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz will play in the US Open final. A match in which we can expect a lot. Ruud recently played in the Roland Garros final where he lost to Rafael Nadal. That match taught him a lot. “Roland Garros, the final, he obviously gave me a good beating.
After the final I said, ‘If I ever reach one again, I hope it is not Rafa on the other side of the court in Roland Garros’, because it's sort of an impossible task I think for any player. I'm happy that it's not Rafa on clay,” he said for eurosport.com “I hope it has prepared me a little bit.
At least I know a little bit what I'm facing when I'm stepping on the court, seeing the trophy on the back of the court, seeing tons of celebrities. Even in Roland Garros, there was royal families there watching. That was a little bit [of a] new experience for me.
I hope I can be more ready for that on Sunday”.
Casper Ruud and his opponents
Casper Ruud wants his opponents to be afraid of him. He has shown recently that he is in great shape, and everyone is already aware of his qualities.
“After Indian Wells this year, I lost to [Nick] Kyrgios in the third round of Indian Wells, and I felt like I didn't play a very good match. At that time it seemed very far away that I would reach the finals in big events on hard court,” Ruud continued.
“But then Miami came around.
I was feeling the ball much better. Reaching that final I think did something with my self-belief, but also respect towards other players.
Whenever they look at my results, they'll see, ‘Okay, he made the final of an ATP 1000 on hard court.
This guy knows to play more than clay’. If you can have small percentages of fear or respect in your opponent's head before going out on a match or in a match, it will of course help”.