In the French Open final this year, John McEnroe claimed that Casper Ruud was “completely overwhelmed thinking about playing Rafael Nadal on clay.” At the French Open this year, Ruud, 23, made it to his first Grand Slam final.
Ruud had little chance against Nadal, who defeated the Norwegian with scores of 6-3, 6-3, and 6-0. In order to advance to the US Open final on Friday, Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov in four sets. “So this is an excellent effort.
But now that he appears to be playing even better than he did at the French Open, he has to enter this match believing that he has a fantastic opportunity to win it. I believe that during the French Open he was completely overwhelmed thinking about playing Rafael Nadal on clay – who wouldn’t be?
I observed him closely at the Laver Cup the previous year, and while his serve and ball size surprised me, I did not anticipate that he would perform this well on hard courts “told Eurosport, McEnroe.
McEnroe praised Ruud’s abilities and character
Ruud may not be showy, but McEnroe acknowledges that he is a diligent worker who knows how to finish the job.
Ruud was praised by McEnroe as being “amazing” and “humble.” “He doesn’t have the charisma of Carlos Alcaraz or Frances Tiafoe, but he is a credit to our game since he is really sturdy and works hard. He won’t set the stadium on fire.
In the past few years, he has spent a lot of time at Nadal‘s academy, seeing how he performs his duties, which has made him realize he needs to do even more “Ruud faces Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open championship match. In the Miami Masters final a few months prior, Ruud lost to Alcaraz in straight sets. If Ruud can defeat Alcaraz and win his first Grand Slam championship, that remains to be seen.