"Tennis doesn’t work like that": Casper Ruud plays down French Open chances despite impressive 2024 season

Friday, 19 April 2024 at 12:15
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Norway’s tennis star Casper Ruud has played down his chances at the Roland Garros despite his impressive performances in the recent past. The 25-year-old is going through a fabulous 2024 season where he has now won most matches (26) after his recent heroics in the Barcelona Open after beating Australia’s Jordan Thompson in straight sets with a score of 6-1, 6-4.
With that win, the current world number six has booked his place in the quarterfinal of the event where he will face Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi. Ruud was later quoted in a report where he downplayed his chances at the Roland Garros.
“I don’t think I’m a better player than in Monte Carlo, it’s only been a few days, but I can say that I’m playing better compared to last year,” he said. “I would love for that great moment to come for me, but I can’t go to Roland Garros thinking I’m going to win it, tennis doesn’t work like that. You can dream about it, you can be convinced and try, but I’m not going to go there thinking it’s going to happen. I have played in two finals in the last two years, a fantastic experience that made me want the title even more, but I will not land in Paris expecting to win the trophy.”

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