Ruud Wins Third Straight Title, Captures Final Clay Event In 2021 At Kitzbuhel
Casper Ruud took home the Kitzbuhel title Sunday besting Pedro Martinez 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to became the first player to win three titles in three straight weeks since Andy Murray in 2011.
The 22-year-old Norwegian followed up Bastad and Gstaad with a comprehensive win this week in Austria.
“I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud said after. “I was very nervous at the end, I knew what I was playing for. Three in a row is something special. What a day to play the final, rain on and off all day.
“I’m just very excited and happy that these three weeks are over, and that I won all of them.”
Ruud weather two rain delays to secure the win late into the evening.
“It was tough, we know that the weather was a bit shaky so I was prepared,” Ruud said. “It was a bit long there in the end. We came back, only played three games, and then we had to stop again. It was a bit annoying, but we had to keep the focus and try your best. It’s the same for the opponent.”
Ruud now has won his last 12 matches although he’s faced on only player in the Top 50 (#49 Paire in Gstaad) and this week in Kitzbuhel didn’t meet anyone in the Top 90.
Martinez, who upset Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the week, was ranked #97 and appearing in his first ATP final.
Kitzbuhel is also the last clay event of 2021. The rest of the year the tour will be on hard courts.
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