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For Ruud, “on a court, it’s like Nadal flipping the switch”

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 20, 2020

Casper Ruud, who was able to show his excellent form on clay in recent weeks, has been a resident of Rafael Nadal’s academy since September 2018. His opinion on the Spaniard is therefore necessarily a little more informed than the others. “He is extremely different off the court,” said the Norwegian in an interview for Nettavisen.no. On the pitch, he is fearless and a little ruthless with his opponents, you could almost believe he likes to disrupt them with his game. But the fact is, outside of a court he’s extremely calm, he’s normal and humble. It’s kind of like flipping the switch, he’s different on a court. It’s fun to do. see this.” It doesn’t necessarily amuse everyone, not Novak Djokovic for example, who has just taken a new lesson at Roland Garros.

As a reminder, Rafael Nadal won his thirteenth coronation in Paris just over a week ago, sending the world No. 1 in three sets (6-0, 6-2, 7-5). Ruud’s analysis is ultimately not so surprising, as it confirms what is already known about the native of Mallorca, where this academy is located. Which therefore allowed the young Norwegian of 21 years to progress his game on clay in a spectacular way, which materialized with these two successive semi-finals at the Masters 1000 in Rome (defeat against Novak Djokovic) then in Hamburg ( defeat to Andrey Rublev). Then, at Roland Garros, the 26th player in the world had fallen only to Dominic Thiem in the third round (6-4, 6-3, 6-1). The future looks very interesting for the one who, this year, has also become the first Norwegian in history to win a tournament – in Buenos Aires, in February. On land, of course.