Casper Ruud is enjoying a breakout season in 2021 which saw him lift 4 titles so far and the Norwegian will go for a 5th later today at the San Deigo Open. If he wins the San Diego it will be his first title on a hard court as the Norwegian is a known clay-court specialist. However, his game is an all-court game as he demonstrated both at the Laver Cup and now in San Diego.
Patrick McEnroe got to see him in person at the Laver Cup and he was left impressed:
"By 2024 Casper Ruud9 will have a Roland Garros title."
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It's a bold prediction yet one that is based on logic. Ruud made a huge leap in 2021 admitting that winning three titles back to back gave him a lot more confidence. That showed during the North American hard court season where he reached the quarterfinal at the Cincinnati Masters taking down Reilly Opelka. He bested him at the Laver Cup once more showing that his game is real.
Ruud trained at the Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca and also looked up to him growing up:
"It’s possible for heavy topspin players to play well on [all] the surfaces and [Nadal] is the type of player that I looked up to for many years and will try to learn from when it comes to this transition from clay court to hard court."