Casper Ruud praises ‘legend’ Andy Murray after San Diego Open victory
Andy Murray suffered defeat in San Diego at the hands of Casper Ruud, who praised the Brit as a ‘legend of the game’ and an ‘inspiration’.
The former world number one was searching for his first Top 10 victory in over a year at the San Diego Open, though Ruud dispatched the Brit in straight sets 7-5 6-4 in just shy of two hours.
The Norwegian star, who has won four clay tournaments in 2021 and starred for Team Europe at the Laver Cup, was full of praise for the 34-year-old after his victory.
“On the opposite side of the net from me was a legend of the game [from] the past decade or so,” Ruud said in his on-court interview.
“Even what he’s done now the past [few] years, fighting his way back from a very serious injury, it’s been an inspiration for me.
“Also for the [past] 10, 15 years, he’s been an inspiration to watch on TV the way he fights and always finds a way to never give up.
“It’s been an unfortunate couple of years for him, but it’s great to see him back and I think he was playing at a high level today.”
Despite exiting at the hands of the world number 10, Murray has shown promising signs with a quarter-final run in Metz last week as he looks to re-enter the top 100.
Ruud will now face Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-finals after the Italian defeated Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-3.
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