Casper Ruud’s clay domination is not slowing down. The 22-year-old collected his fourth title of 2021 beating Hugo Gaston 6-3, 6-2 to win the Gstaad title.
Despite the 1-sided scoreline, the Norwegian talked of the battle against the 115th-ranked Gaston.
“It was tough,” Ruud said. “Out of these past two weeks, this was definitely the toughest match for me against Hugo. He plays very fast and doesn’t give you much rhythm. He can play drop shots and hit winners from anywhere. I really had to step up in the big points and luckily I was able to do so today.”
The 20-year-old Gaston of France was appearing in his first ATP final.
“Today it was a really tough match, Casper played so well,” Gaston said. “I tried to do my best, but I am happy overall with my week. I hope I can continue like this. It is amazing to play in a ATP Tour final. Now I need some rest for my body, but I feel good.”
Ruud has won 24 matches on the clay with four titles and his last seven matches, though only one player in the Top 50 during the stretch (No. 49 Benoit Paire in the Gstaad quarters).
He’ll now head to Kitzbuhel in effort to try to win the Bastad-Gstaad-Kitzbuhel triple.
“When you win a tournament you have to beat many good players on the way and it was the same this week,” Ruud said. “Every match was good and every match I played well. When you are in the final of a tournament you will give everything no matter what, and that is what I did today.”
Ruud is now 4-2 in ATP finals. All finals have come on clay.
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