Ruud took part in the Laver Cup after which he made his way to Seoul. He did quite well but failed to make the final with the Japan Open proving an even earlier exit for him. It was just not a very good match from Ruud who spoke after the match admitting that he kind of hit a wall:
"I might have pushed a little too much and tried to go for too many tournaments and too many matches in a row but I really wanted to come to Asia and play these tournaments. Today I wasn't able to bring my best level but it's an experience and a situation I will try to learn from."
Ruud has played plenty of matches this year and it's something he and his body needs to get used to. He made the final at Roland Garros and the US Open which is something not many expected from him:
"It's been a long summer. I've been playing non-stop and I think my body felt it a little bit today -- it was tough to get the machinery going."