Tuesday, November 30

Ruud meets troublemaker in the ATP semifinal: – Must expect some “crazy things”

IN TOP TEAM: Casper Ruud is at the forefront of the semifinals of the ATP playoffs.

Casper Ruud (22) sees great contrasts between his own behavior and how Daniil Medvedev (25) behaves on the tennis court. On Saturday, a physical and mental semifinal awaits against the world’s second best tennis player.


– I saw that he made some gestures. It’s a bit typical of him. You have to expect some “crazy things” from him, it is nothing new, says Casper Ruud about Daniil Medvedev.

The Norwegian met the press after the exceptional victory over Andrei Rublyov. Ruud is in the semifinals of the ATP playoffs and will be in the biggest match of his career.

These are the eight best players in the world who meet in the ATP playoffs. The Norwegian is ranked as the world’s eighth best player. The other three in the semifinals, Novak Djokovic, Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, are number one, two and three respectively on the same list.

The main focus of the press conference was Saturday’s semi-final opponent, Medvedev, and his somewhat unusual behavior on the tennis court.

PLAYED TOGETHER: Casper Ruud and Daniil Medvedev during the Laver Cup earlier this fall.

Ruud pointed out how the Russian demonstratively yawned when switching sides against Jannik Sinner in Thursday’s match. In the “gentleman’s sport” tennis, it is out of the custom.

Ruud is well acquainted with the 25-year-old’s invention from before. In the Olympics we could see the Russian smashing the racket in anger and during last year’s meeting between the two, Medvedev made some rude comments to the Norwegian along the way and saw himself forced to apologize afterwards.

– We have a good relationship and have trained a lot together, so I do not expect much “mind games”. But like most people, he struggles when things do not go his way. He is unorthodox in many ways. He probably has an extremely high competitive instinct, says the 22-year-old from Snarøya.

The semifinal is played at 14 and broadcast on Eurosport and Discovery +.

Ruud talks with empathy about how he himself wants to appear on the field and in front of his surroundings.

– I try to behave no matter how it goes. It’s something I learned from my family. It is important to be down to earth and kind, these are important values ​​for me. I want to go through my entire career without smashing a racket, he says and points out that the idol Rafael Nadal has done the same.

– When things are not going well, people show who they really are. Crushes rackets and all that. These are not the values ​​I stand for, Ruud continues.

During the ATP final in Turin, he has proved to be a tough nut to crack. Ruud has used the mental toolbox when he has turned losses into victories against both Cameron Norrie and Rublyov. After the feat against RubIjov, he has emerged victorious in eleven straight decisive sets.

– It is not the case that I have said that I will never lose again, but lately the margins have gone my way. It is a nice number to have, says Ruud.

Friday night is used to study Medvedev. Both his own matches against him and players who have managed to beat the Russian will be analyzed. It may be necessary, because at their two previous meetings, Ruud has not managed to win a single set.

– He is complete, says Ruud about Medvedev, but:

– He has struggled a bit too, he has not been faultless. I can hopefully force some mistakes from him, continues the Norwegian, who has really taken steps on hard ground this season.

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– Although this is one of my biggest achievements, I am already looking forward to the gravel next year. There is still most to be gained from hard court and grass, but a week like this gives confidence for what is to happen next. I build self-confidence and show that I can hang out with these boys here, he concludes.

PS! Ruud hopes for success. After the victories over Cameron Norrie and Andrej Rubljov, the Norwegian has earned 4.6 million so far in the ATP playoffs. If he beats Medvedev, a new 4.7 million ticks into the account.


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