asper Ruud: I Can’t Expect To Make 2 Grand Slam Finals Every Year
Casper Ruud had quite the rise in 2022, going from not even playing at the Australian Open due to an ankle injury to reaching two Grand Slam finals along with finishing runner-up at the ATP Finals.
The 24-year-old ended the season ranked No. 2 and now Ruud could walk away from Melbourne with the No. 1 ranking.
But the Norwegian star remains extremely grounded and admits he doesn’t think what he did last year is going to be the norm.
“I’m trying to stay humble and know that I’m not going to reach two Grand Slam finals every year for the rest of my career most likely,” Ruud said Saturday in Melbourne. “I would love to do it and I’m going to give it a try, but the odds are not in favor of that happening.
“I know that there’s no guarantee that I will ever reach another final in a Grand Slam in my career. Just going to try to keep doing hopefully the right
things and do my best and see how far that can take me here, obviously all the other slams I might play in my future.”
And despite his great results, Ruud would be happy just to make the fourth round!
“A quarterfinal is a great result, in my eyes. A semifinal even. My best results here is a fourth round, which I still look at as a great result. If I’m able to reach fourth round this year, I’ll be more than happy about it. At the same time I know that my belief in reaching even further is there. I know that it does happen before, so it’s easier in a way to think it could happen again.”
Ruud opens play on Tuesday He could face Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round with Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals.
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