At Roland-Garros, Ruud is no longer a supporting role

At Roland-Garros, Ruud is no longer a supporting role

2023-05-28 20:30:42

The Norwegian Casper Ruud (here, during the semi-final of the Rome tournament, May 20) approaches Roland-Garros with the status of seeded n ° 4. GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE/REUTERS

ANALYSE – The Norwegian, finalist in 2022 against Nadal, is one of the outsiders of the French Open.

Despite the absence of host Rafael Nadal, his status as seeded No. 4 and a clay court specialist, Casper Ruud is not one of the first names to circle around in the game of predictions. However, his CV could earn him a winner’s head. Or almost. Unfortunate finalist of three of the five biggest finals of the season in 2022 (Roland-Garros, US Open and Masters of Turin), the Norwegian has changed dimension in one year without getting rid of his label of player winner of minor tournaments, the ATP 250. His ten titles being acquired in these less prestigious events on the grand circuit. And his failed start to the season with 5 wins and 6 losses in the first six tournaments did not raise his rating.

The Norwegian (24) then had mixed results on ochre, his favorite surface with a title in Estoril in early April and a semi-final in Rome, but also early eliminations in Monte Carlo or Madrid. “I am considered an expert…

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