World No. 8 Casper Ruud insisted it wasn’t easy at all playing a hard hitter Andrey Rublev on an extremely fast ATP Finals surface.
Ruud, who has won five ATP titles this year, beat world No. 5 Rublev 2-6 7-5 7-6 (5) to clinch the final spot for the semifinal at the ATP Finals.
“The court is playing very fast and Andrey plays very fast,” Ruud said in his on-court interview, per the ATP Finals website. “He rips the ball harder than anyone on the Tour and serves very well on his first serve. We all want to play under control and with initiative, but it is not easy against Rublev because he makes you run all the time and play defensively all the time. I knew I had to fight fire with fire. On the big points I think I played quite smartly.”
Ruud ready for the Daniil Medvedev challenge
Ruud won’t have an easy job of making the final as he faces next world No. 2 Medvedev.
Medvedev finished the group stage with a 3-0 record and he is determined to win back-to-back ATP Finals titles
Ruud expects a “tough battle” against Medvedev but also sees it as a “fun challenge.”
“I am just enjoying the moment,” Ruud said. “I am looking forward to tomorrow already. It is going to be another tough battle, different kind of player from today, but one of the best in the world and he has proven himself as one of the best over the past two or three years. I have played against him a couple of times and lost both, but I know a little bit about what I am going to face and it is going to be a fun challenge.”
Ruud will be aiming to beat Medvedev for the first time when they meet in the semifinal.
Medvedev won their previous two meetings as he beat Ruud at the ATP Cup last year and also beat the Norwegian in Mallorca this past June.