In a resounding victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Gstaad, Casper Ruud insisted that he was playing perfectly. Ruud, the defending champion at the Swiss clay tournament, defeated Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-0.
All told, Ruud won five breaks and never faced a break point himself. According to the ATP website, Ruud said, “I played really well from the start to the end” after his resounding victory. The 3-0 lead is a great way to start off.
It’s always challenging to compete with him. Because he is a lefty, things aren’t always easy for him. Aside from being an excellent fighter and speed demon, he also produces an abundance of balls. I was pressuring him the whole time, playing heavy and very smart and aggressively, and he made a few more mistakes than usual, so I guess I was doing the right thing.”
In the championship match, Ruud will take on Matteo Berrettini.
It’s the championship match between the top seed Ruud and the second seed Berrettini. Both Berrettini and Ruud won titles in Gstaad in 2018; however, Ruud’s win was his first in Gstaad. Ruud predicted that his match against Berrettini would be “a tough one for sure.”
“Matteo and I have been close friends for a long time. We didn’t grow up together, but in recent years we’ve had a few opportunities to play against each other. He’s a really great guy, and he’s having a great run in the Tour and in Switzerland right now.
We’re both looking for our second victory in Gstaad, so this should be an exciting matchup. In the Gstaad final, Ruud and Berrettini will face each other for the fifth time. This will be the first meeting between them since the 2021 Madrid Masters, and their head-to-head record currently stands at 2-2. Two of their last four matches were played on clay, and Ruud won both of those matches.