Casper Ruud played a greats eason: in this 2022 he has found a considerable continuity and this time also on surfaces other than clay. The Norwegian tennis player won his first two career slam finals at Roland Garros and at the US Open even if he then had to surrender respectively against Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz.
Furthermore, the Scandinavian was a veteran of an excellent week at the Finals in Turin when, after having brilliantly passed the groups and the semifinal, he surrendered only in the final two days ago against Novak Djokovic who managed to hit his sixth title in the Finals reaching Roger Federer.
Still speaking of firsts, Ruud played his first final in a 1000 in Miami at the beginning of April. Even in that case he had to surrender in the last act against Carlos Alcaraz. At the same time, however, the 24-year-old ended the season deservedly in third place in the world ranking, taking home three ATP 250 titles all on clay: Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad against Berrettini.
The words of Toni Nadal who remembers Ruud at the academy
Casper, at 19 year-oldhad entered the academy of Rafael Nadal - his idol as admitted by himself before the match against the Iberian at the Finals - in Mallorca and, precisely because of this, Toni Nadal talked about him.
He said: "I remember when he came to the academy, he had a bad backhand because in my opinion he had a bad movement with his legs. Now the reverse of him is good enough. Every year he has improved a little. I remember that when he came to the academy he never thought he could become number 3 in the world.
I have seen a lot of his matches of him and he is a very good player. He can become number one." With the season just ended, Casper Ruud will now recharge his batteries to try to maintain this decidedly excellent trail also for 2023.