Netflix’s Break Level chronicled the clay-court exploits of Casper Ruud through the 2022 season, culminating in his assembly with Rafael Nadal within the Roland Garros remaining. Court docket Philippe Chatrier was a becoming venue for the Norwegian’s first main remaining, performed on a floor on which he has received eight of his 9 ATP Tour titles.
Ruud claimed his first tour-level trophy in Buenos Aires in 2020, then broke into the Prime 10 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings behind 5 2021 titles, together with 4 on clay. In 2022, he rose to a profession excessive of World No. 2 with an enormous serving to of hard-court success. Whereas he received three extra titles on the filth final season, Ruud additionally reached marquee finals at Miami, the US Open and the Nitto ATP Finals to flash his hard-court credentials on the highest degree.
Talking with the ATP Tour in late 2021 — a yr through which he received three straight clay titles in July — Ruud mentioned his confidence degree on clay and laborious courts.
“I haven’t got a variety of doubts in my hard-court expertise, however positively it is not so good as perhaps my clay-court sport,” he mentioned. “However it’s one thing I am engaged on after all.”
Luckily for the Norwegian, he had two elite examples of gamers who have been capable of translate early clay success to different surfaces: Nadal and Dominic Thiem.
“Nadal is the proper instance and I believe additionally Thiem just a little bit,” he mentioned. “I believe the final media has thought-about each Nadal and Thiem big-time clay-court specialists, and Nadal has received even two occasions in Wimbledon. It simply goes to point out that it is doable for the heavy topspin gamers to play effectively on the floor.
“[Nadal] is a sort of participant that I appeared as much as for a few years and that I’ll attempt to study from in the case of this transition from clay court docket to laborious court docket.”
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Ruud studied effectively and emulated the success of each Nadal and Thiem together with his 2022 marketing campaign. The subsequent step for the Norwegian is to match the pair by turning into a champion on the ATP Masters 1000 and Grand Slam degree.