The 2022 French Open finalist Casper Ruud revealed how he intends to celebrate his win after retaining his Swiss Open crown. Norway’s Ruud defeated Matteo Berrettini of Italy 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the final of the ATP 250 tournament in Gstaad on Sunday (July 24).
“Well, there is not too much time to celebrate, but I always told myself that whenever someday the career is done, I can catch up with all the alcohol I’ve been missing for these 17-18 years, hopefully, if I have a long career, so let’s see how that goes,” Ruud was quoted as saying.
“I really don’t drink that much alcohol, even though I have a girlfriend who pushes me a little bit to enjoy some wine here and there and I’m starting to get a little more taste for it.”
Ruud came from behind to overcome Berrettini, who took the opening set with a single break of serve in the fifth game. The Italian had the advantage early on in a second set tiebreak but Ruud eventually levelled the match. Ruud took control of the decider with a five-game run and served out to wrap up the match in two hours and 36 minutes.
The Norwegian Ruud also spoke about his liking for Switzerland, saying the country reminds him a little bit of Norway except the taxes, which are lower in Switzerland.
“I guess it’s the Swiss crowd that helps me a lot, so yeah (cheering and applause). I think Switzerland is a country with a lot of history now in tennis with winning a lot of Grand Slam titles with of course Roger (Federer) and Stan (Wawrinka) the last 18-19 years. They have been an inspiration to I think everyone around the world including myself. They have been able to come from a small country, sort of like Norway.
“We’re not a very big country, but yeah, everything about Switzerland reminds me a little bit about Norway, except that you pay less taxes here, so… (laughter). I think you have a good tax rule, so I think Norwegian politicians, I hope they are listening now, that they can reduce a little bit for in Norway,” Ruud added.
The victory at the Swiss Open marked Ruud’s ninth career title and third this year after his success in Geneva and Buenos Aires.
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