Casper Ruud: Losing to Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev motivates me to work harder

Casper Ruud, 22, was happy with the progress he made and the results he achieved in 2021. 

Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, captured five ATP titles this year, as well as made his debut at the ATP Finals. 

“It has been a great year for me and my development as a tennis player,” Rudd said, per the ATP website. “Getting to know my opponents more and playing this tournament has been a great experience. To finish a very good year off here in Turin has been a great experience for me and something I will be eager to try and repeat and be back here next year.”

Ruud determined to return stronger 

Ruud suffered a straight-loss to Novak Djokovic in his first group stage at the ATP Finals but won the following two to make the semifinal. 

In the semifinal, Ruud lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. 

“I got the perfect feedback on what I have to work on in my game to compete with the top guys in the world for next year,” Rudd said. “I played the World No. 1 and No. 2 this week and they beat me fairly comfortably, so that makes me want to seek revenge and become a better player next year.

“When next year starts, I will have it in the back of my mind. Every week and every match matters. It was only a couple of matches that made the difference of qualifying for the tournament. I am proud of the year and am looking forward to next year. If I can keep playing well, I can have another year like this year.”

Ruud was happy with how he was playing in key moments this season. 

“It is easy to doubt yourself in the toughest moments, but this year has been great for me when it has come down to this as I have played aggressively and well on the biggest points,” Ruud noted. 

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