Tennis Tournament at Australian Open
Tennis Tournament, Ruud, a ‘overachiever,’ sees a lot of opportunity in Australia. Casper Ruud, in his opinion, outperformed himself throughout the 2022 ATP Tour season. Following his loss to Novak Djokovic in the Nitto ATP Finals championship match on Sunday, the 23-year-old Norwegian will conclude the year ranked third in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. His high ranking is the result of three tour-level championships this season, as well as four finals appearances at some of the biggest tournaments on the calendar, including Turin, the US Open, Roland Garros, and Miami.
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“In the end, it’s been sad to lose these huge finals,” Ruud reflected on the previous 11 months. “Overall, if you offered me a contract to finish the year at No. 3, play the finals that I’ve played, on January 1st of this year, I would probably accept it straight away.” Without a doubt on Tennis Tournament.” When asked about his finals record this year, he said, “It gives me drive and a desire to maybe next time, if I ever go to another final like this… I’m hoping to learn from what I’ve done and what I haven’t done this year, and we’ll see how it goes. “I just feel like there’s still potential for progress, even if I’m pleased with my game and how things have gone this year.”
Ruud was startled by his performance this week in Turin, where the indoor surface was not conducive to his looping ground strokes at the Tennis Tournament. “This outcome is maybe one of the most surprise to me, completing the year here on a blazing fast indoor hard court, reaching the final — not something that I thought was very feasible,” he remarked after losing to Djokovic 7-5, 6-3. “Perhaps neither did I expect to reach the final of the US Open.”
“I’ve outperformed my own expectations, which makes me extremely delighted.”
Ruud has upped the bar for 2023 by exceeding his ambitions this season, which includes reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final. He’s already looking forward to his next big chance, the Australian Open, where he won’t have to protect any Pepperstone ATP Rankings points.
“I wasn’t even able to play the Tennis Tournament this year, so it’s a great opportunity for me to gain some kind of vengeance down there and maybe have a nice performance,” said Ruud, who will finish the year 1,000 points behind World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz at the Tennis Tournament. “I’m excited to fly to Australia and begin a new season.” I’m excited to play best-of-five sets again. I believe I’m already eager for a solid outcome at the Australian Open, and we’ll see how next year goes.
“I’ll have a lot of points and results to defend [after Australia].” I hope I can do this and much more. That won’t be easy since I’ve done well in various events this year at the Tennis Tournament, but I’ll give it my all.” Ruud finished the 2022 ATP Tour season with a 51-22 tour-level record, his second year in a row with at least 50 victories. His long tournament runs have pushed his match count beyond 70 in each of the last two years, but Ruud is looking forward to another lengthy season, with injury avoidance as one of his primary aims.
“I’m sure there will be more eyes on me starting next year.” “I’m just going to try to cope with it and see how it goes,” he added.
“I’m just going to concentrate on the matches I play and see where it goes from there.” When you first arrive in Australia, you know you’re going to play tens of thousands of points in a year, and if you’re lucky, close to 80 or 90 matches. It’s just one of many [tournaments].
“It’s like the beginning of a marathon, and you’re excited about it.”