World number 16 Casper Ruud has admitted that he values his standing as an outside player at Roland Garros. Rudd, who is ranked 16th in the world in the career standings, has had an impressive mud season so far and is hoping to finish it off with a solid race at Roland Garros.
This Wednesday, Rudd defeated Camille McSherczyk 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the third round of the Roland Garros Championships. “It’s good to see you made a good move on clay. I won a lot of matches (on clay).
I built a kind of reputation for myself on the mud. I’ve played well several tournaments in a row this year. “I think this has been my best season so far on clay,” Rudd said, when asked about his status as an underdog, according to the ATP website.
Rudd took the first break of his game in the fourth game, then kept serve for the rest of the set to win the first set. Majsherzak led 2-1 after the first three games of Group B, but Rudd then managed a straight break and won five games in a row to advance by two sets.
Rudd gave himself a superb lead twice in the third set, breaking Majscherzak again in the ninth before serving up the match in the 10th.
Rudd wants to confirm his success in Geneva
Rudd recently won the Geneva Open by defeating Denis Shapovalov in the final.
“It’s great to be playing so well lately and to get to the last stages of my previous tournaments,” Rudd said after his victory in Geneva.
“It’s a huge confidence boost ahead of Roland Garros… It was a close match today and it could have gone both ways” Ruud has two ATP titles in his group and is hoping to add a third by winning the Roland Garros Championship.
“It’s good to have won today as in Buenos Aires (in 2020),” said Rudd. “I was more mature this week knowing I already won the title.
Another thing to do it a second time, but it is the same good taste and the same feeling of victory.”