Ruud Retains Gstaad Title, Rallies To Beat Berrettini
Casper Ruud successfully defended his Gstaad title coming from a set down to beat Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.
The big Italian took the first then missed break chances in the second.
“I changed up a little bit in the third set especially, which helped,” said Ruud. “The games and the points go by here fast. If you are not ready and focused, you can get broken or you can break, because the conditions allow you to.
“So it was key for me to hold my serve, I did that in the second set. Saving those break points was very important for me and everything went in my favor in the tie-break. So that was a bit fortunate. I just tried to keep that momentum going in the third set and I was able to get a break and play better and better throughout the third set.”
Incredibly, Ruud is a perfect 16-0 in events in Switzerland, also winning the Geneva title in addition to two trophies in Gstaad.
“I think Switzerland is a country with a lot of history now in tennis, winning a lot of Grand Slams with Roger and Stan the last 18 or 19 years,” the Norwegian said. “So it’s been an inspiration to everyone around the world, including myself, that they are able to come from a small country, sort of like Norway. Everything about Switzerland reminds me a little bit about Norway.”
Berrettini, who won two grass titles last month, came in on a 12-match win streak. He now trails Ruud 3-2 in their head-to-head.
“I felt really close to winning the title, but that’s tennis,” said Berrettini. “A couple of balls went out by a few centimeters, and I found myself in the third. I have to say he started to play better and I felt the momentum switched a little bit. I’m proud of the week and the way I fought through the whole tournament, but now it is tough not to think about the final.”
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