World No. 8 Casper Ruud admitted Cameron Norrie was the better player for the first set and a half but he glad that he managed to find a way to turn around the match and claim a win.
Ruud, who has won five ATP titles this year, recovered from a set down to beat Norrie 1-6 6-3 6-4 and improve to 1-1 at the ATP Finals.
“The first set went away a bit too quickly. I think I started off quite well, and then I just had some game points that I threw away,” Ruud reflected in an on-court interview, per the ATP Finals website. “Cameron is a great baseline player, he makes you play a lot of balls and he runs down a lot of balls and he has a tricky flat backhand, here on these courts it’s a really effective shots.
“I wasn’t getting the feel of his shots at the beginning, so I made quite a few mistakes. For the first set-and-a-half, he was the better player. My serve saved me a bit today on some big points… That’s how tennis can turn quickly, just a break or a couple of points here and there.”
Ruud was preparing to play Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas has been dealing with an elbow injury for the last few weeks and on Wednesday he pulled out of the ATP Finals.
Norrie, who captured his maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, replaced Tsitsipas.
Norrie.made a fast start in his first-ever ATP Finals match but Ruud prevented him from ending in the winning side.
“I woke up today prepared to play Stefanos, knowing that I was the underdog and that I could play freely, and then you hear that he’s pulling out,” Ruud said. “Obviously I wish him a speedy recovery.. but then everything changed and I was feeling the pressure a little bit more. This was an opportunity for me to get my first win.”