While congratulating the Swiss on their success at Gstaad, the Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud remarked on the country’s abundance of great champions such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Once again, 23-year-old Ruud swept the competition in Gstaad. The Swiss clay court tournament was won by Ruud for the second time in as many years on Sunday when he defeated Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the final.
According to the ATP website, Ruud said, “I think Switzerland is a country with a lot of history now in tennis.” This is due to Switzerland’s success at the Grand Slam tournaments over the past 18 or 19 years thanks to Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
“Being able to say “I came from a small country, kind of like Norway,” has been an inspiration to everyone around me. There is something about Switzerland that makes me think of Norway.”
Even though he was down a set, Casper Ruud came back and defeated Berrettini.
Berrettini had a one-set lead and two consecutive break points in the third game of the second set, giving him a commanding position in the final.
Berrettini missed another break point in the ninth game of the second set, after wasting two in the third game. Ruud took a commanding 5-1 lead in the second set tiebreak, and Berrettini never recovered.
As a result of Berrettini‘s inability to close out the match in two sets, Ruud completed his remarkable comeback victory by defeating the Italian twice in the deciding third set. Berrettini conceded that he was extremely disheartened by his loss in the final, but that didn’t prevent him from offering some classy words of consolation to Ruud.
Congratulations to Casper and his team. It’s not easy to talk after a loss like that, but Berrettini said it anyway. You’ve reached the final at Roland Garros and won a slew of matches; you’re having a fantastic season.