Casper Ruud continued to build his clay court resume. And at just 22, it’s already a good one. The 3-time Masters semifinalist won his third career title on Sunday besting Federico Coria 6-3, 6-3 in the final of Bastad.
In a rare title run, the top-seeded Ruud only played three matches. He had a bye in the first round, then received a walkover form Henri Laaksonen in the quarters. The Norwegian didn’t drop a set in wins over Holger Rune and Roberto Carbelles Baena.
He has now made five tour finals with a solid 3-2 record with two titles this year.
“It was an incredible week, maybe the best week of my life,” Ruud said. “It is an incredible feeling playing here in Bastad with the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish support. There is nothing like that home crowd feeling.
“To win here means a lot. You get a little extra nervous as the No. 1 seed. Me and my father have been joking about when I am going to beat him at this and this, and now I think I have beaten him in everything. The Ruud family can finally bring the trophy home to Norway. It is a special feeling having him here with me.”
Coria, the younger brother of former Top 5 Guillermo, was appearing in his first ATP final. In the quarters, Coria upset No. 2 seed Cristian Garin in three sets.
While Coria now heads to Tokyo to represent Argentina at the Olympics, Ruud has moved himself up to No. 10 in the 2021 ATP points race.
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