Casper Ruud French Open 2022

World number two inspired by company at Federer send off

Casper Ruud has admitted to being inspired at playing a role in Roger Federer’s farewell event last week.

Ruud, the world number two, competed in the Laver Cup as part of Team Europe. The team contained all members of the ‘Big Four’ – Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Ruud, who made the US Open final this month, was honoured at being alongside such company for Federer’s final event before retirement.

”I was lucky that I was able to be a part of the team. I learned a lot from the experience”, the Norwegian told reporters at the Korean Open.

”It’s inspiring to see that they have the motivation to keep going and they are eager to play and enjoy each other’s company.”

Ruud also spoke of his delight in seeing Federer and Nadal team up for one last time in the doubles. ”Having those two together in Roger’s final match was incredible to witness.”

Casper Ruud was speaking to reporters in Seoul as he looks to claim his fourth title of the year at the Korean Open. He will face Nicolas Jarry, who is ranked 111 in the world on Thursday in the round of 16.

Though Ruud would like to progress as far as possible, he insists that the pressure is off at the event.

”There’s always room for improvement but I feel I have done very well this year. If it doesn’t go extremely well, it’s not going to matter too much,”.

At the press conference, the Norwegian also spoke of his desire to bring an ATP event to his native country, with his high ranking perhaps being a contributing factor.

”With the player in the good ranking, it can maybe be easier to make happen,” he said. ”It’s very difficult at the moment but I think if I’m able to play an ATP tournament in Norway, I will be very happy.”

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