The second-ranked player in the world, Casper Ruud, acknowledges he would prefer not to face the Spaniard in another Grand Slam final. In the US Open final on Sunday, the 23-year-old Ruud lost to Carlos Alcaraz in four sets. Rafael Nadal defeated Ruud in straight sets in his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open a few months prior.
Ruud was questioned about what he needed to improve in order to win a Grand Slam after losing his second Grand Slam final—again, to a Spanish player. If I make it to another Grand Slam final, I suppose I hope I don’t have to play a Spanish player.
They are experienced in Slam finals. Ruud grinned and stated, “Let’s hope for another (player) who is not a Spaniard,” as reported by Sportskeeda. Ruud had little chance against Nadal in the French Open final as the Spaniard defeated the Norwegian 6-3, 6-3, 6-0.
Ruud put up a lot more of a fight in the US Open final, but Alcaraz prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3. “I believe it goes without saying that if you make it to the Grand Slam final, anybody you play against will be a fantastic player on the other side of the net.
I had trouble thinking I could defeat Rafa at Roland Garros. It wasn’t any simpler today, but I had more faith. My confidence to win a Grand Slam has probably increased as a result of these two competitions. I think these two experiences will be beneficial to me, Ruud continued.
Mouratoglou discusses Nadal.
In the fourth round of the US Open, Frances Tiafoe defeated 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, ending his year-long unbeaten streak at Grand Slam competitions. “He managed to make every rally of the game shorter.
He was taking full-court shots, which is extremely hazardous but has an amazing success rate. According to Patrick Mouratoglou, he had the same number of unforced errors after two sets as Rafa, I believe it was 15 or something, which is incredibly low for someone who is so aggressive.
He served quite effectively, didn’t serve many first serves (his first serve percentage is very low), but he served cleverly. He served with a lot of slice and spin, and the ball came out clearing much of the court for the ensuing stroke.
Serving a lot of slice to Rafa’s outside backhand as well. Rafa struggled to return for the first time, missing a lot of opportunities because he was under pressure. He was frequently off the court, and Tiafoe was going full on the ensuing shot.