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Casper Ruud French Open Monte Carlo

‘I felt it was time to step up after loss to Carlos Alcaraz’, says Casper Ruud

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Casper Ruud said Carlos Alcaraz “showed him that the young guys are coming” by beating him in Marbella before his Monte Carlo Masters run.

The 22-year-old Norwegian reached the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo this week – where he lost to Andrey Rublev.

The world No. 27 was beaten by 17-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz in the quarter-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella last week.

“It’s a nice confidence booster. Coming into this week, I played pretty well in Marbella, but I lost to a good young player,” said Ruud in a post-match interview.

“I got a tough beating there. He (Alcaraz) was playing very well. (It) surprised me a bit how well Alcaraz was playing back in Marbella. He showed me that the young guys are coming. I felt like it was time for me to step up a little bit.

“I played well here in Monte-Carlo, which gave me confidence. Unfortunately, (it) wasn’t to be today. It’s been a good week. I’ve been playing good matches and beating good players. It’s a very good start of the clay court season for me.”

(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)


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