Casper Ruud has claimed his second ATP Tour title after defeating Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Estoril Open on Sunday.
The Norwegian, who won his maiden trophy in Buenos Aires last year, was dominant throughout the match, breaking his opponent four times and saving all three break points he faced.
Ruud, ranked 22nd in the world, became the first player from his country to win an ATP 250 event and the first to win a title on clay since his father Christian Ruud in 1995.
“I’m very happy with the way I played today. I think it was a very solid performance from start to finish,” Ruud said after the match. “I didn’t give him many chances on my serve and I created a lot of opportunities on his serve.”
Ruud also praised Kecmanovic, who was playing in his second ATP final after losing to Alex de Minaur in Antalya in 2019.
“Miomir is a great player and a great guy. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m sure we’ll see him in many more finals,” Ruud said.
Kecmanovic, who upset third seed Ugo Humbert and former champion Pablo Carreno Busta en route to the final, admitted that he was outplayed by Ruud.
“He was just too good today. He didn’t miss much and he was very consistent. He deserved to win,” Kecmanovic said. “I’m still happy with my week here. It was a great experience for me and I hope to come back next year.”
Ruud, who reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters last month, will rise to a career-high ranking of 16th on Monday. He will also lead the ATP Race to Turin standings, which determine the eight players who will qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals.
“It’s a great feeling to be at the top of the Race. It’s a big goal for me to play in Turin. It would be a huge achievement for me and for Norwegian tennis as well,” Ruud said.
Final Thoughts: Casper Ruud Claims Second ATP Title in Dominant Fashion
Casper Ruud’s victory over Miomir Kecmanovic in the Estoril Open final showcased the young Norwegian’s growing prowess on clay courts. In a dominant display, Ruud broke Kecmanovic four times and saved all three break points he faced, winning the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
Ruud’s consistent and error-free performance was a testament to his hard work and dedication to improving his game. His ability to create opportunities on his opponent’s serve and limit his own mistakes on serve played a key role in his victory.
Ruud’s achievement of becoming the first Norwegian to win an ATP 250 event and the first to win a title on clay since his father in 1995 is a significant milestone for Norwegian tennis. It also marks Ruud’s rise as a force to be reckoned with on the tour.
Kecmanovic’s gracious admission of being outplayed by Ruud is a testament to the Norwegian’s skill and dominance on the court. Kecmanovic had a strong showing in the tournament, defeating third seed Ugo Humbert and former champion Pablo Carreno Busta en route to the final.
Ruud’s win in Estoril, coupled with his semi-final appearance in the Monte Carlo Masters last month, places him in a strong position in the ATP rankings.
He will rise to a career-high ranking of 16th on Monday and will lead the ATP Race to Turin standings, which determine the eight players who will qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals.
Ruud’s success on clay, which is considered his preferred surface, bodes well for his future prospects in the French Open, which begins next month. If he continues to play at this level, he could be a contender for the title.
In conclusion, Casper Ruud’s victory in the Estoril Open final was a dominant display of his growing talent and potential on the tour. It marks a significant milestone for Norwegian tennis and sets the stage for a promising future for the young player.