The father of Casper Ruud discusses how Rafael Nadal influenced his son’s tennis career in Norway.

Casper Ruud, according to Christian Ruud, grew up idolizing Rafael Nadal and dreamed of playing on the largest tennis courts in the world. Nine-time ATP champion Ruud, who advanced to his second Grand Slam final at the US Open, will be ranked among the top two players on Monday.

Tennis, hockey, golf, and soccer were among the sports that Ruud participated in as a youngster. Ruud began to show a stronger interest in tennis at the age of 12, and the rest is history. He has a unique quality, and I became more interested in him after that.

We didn’t seem to be pressuring him, in my opinion. He really was into the tennis world and wanted to play on that center court one day, Christian said, according to Tennis Now. He was already starting to look at Rafa [Nadal], who was his idol.

Ruud has an opportunity to take first place.

In the US Open final on Sunday, Ruud will face third-seeded Carlos Alcaraz, and whomever prevails will earn a Grand Slam title and take over as the new player atop the world rankings.

“But of course it’s nice that it’s possible, and Casper has a little bit of motivation, because even when he was small, his ultimate goal was to be No. 1 in the world,” said Casper. “If he loses the US Open final, Ruud, who will be the second-ranked player in the world, will never have been ranked higher than No.

a world leader. Yes, the chances are still there, so we are happy about that and we just have to play one match at a time,” Christian added. Ruud entered the match without ever defeating Alcaraz, having lost to the Spaniard in his previous two meetings, most recently in the Miami Masters final this year and in 2021 Marbella.