At Indian Wells, on Stadium 3, with its magnificent mountain views, Norwegian Casper Ruud, the sixth seed, defeated Roberto Carballés Baena of Spain 6-1, 6-2 in a single hour and 11 minutes.
It’s my first time within the California desert and my first time watching Ruud play. And his excessive and heavy topspin, particularly on his forehand, bouncing off a tough courtroom is a sight to behold.
Clearly, Ruud loves the situations right here.
In his post-match press convention, Ruud stated: “I believe I performed very properly from the primary to the final level. It was just about excellent situations on the market. It was round 27, 28, 29 levels Celsius, which is sort of good for me and makes the ball bounce up fairly excessive. My topspin photographs, you already know, they leap off the bottom fairly properly right here, I really feel.
“I attempted to make as many returns as potential and serve properly and begin going with my sport that I wish to play. These courts are fairly gradual, however on the identical time, it travels fairly quick by way of the air, I believe, as a result of it’s a little bit of altitude. Not an excessive amount of, however I really feel like there’s a little bit.
“It’s fairly dry air, and I felt good on the market and had some days now to get well from final week and in addition put together for this week, which is the most important occasion over right here.”
Ruud received his first hard-court title in San Diego final week, which was his fifth title of the season, transferring him into the 8th place within the Race to Turin.
Ruud is the tour chief for essentially the most titles thus far in 2021.
When requested how that felt, Ruud stated: “It feels clearly good and a great feeling. The tournaments I received possibly can’t examine to what possibly Novak received, or he received three slams this 12 months and I believe he has 4 in complete. Medvedev, these guys, they’ve some larger titles to their identify, however I believe this 12 months has been about successful numerous matches for me and making an attempt to—you already know, I set a purpose going into the season that I wished to attempt to win one other event, as a result of final 12 months was my first and I wished to comply with up this 12 months with making an attempt to successful one other one, change into a a number of ATP Tour champion or event champion.
“I used to be in a position to take action in Geneva, after which these three in a row sort of simply occurred fairly quick once I give it some thought now, however, yeah, it’s been an unbelievable spring, summer time, and in addition fall. This fall is popping out fairly good. I’m very blissful.
“This is part of the season the place I’ve struggled earlier than. I don’t suppose that we are going to play San Diego and Indian Wells in October within the nearest future once more, however, you already know, who is aware of? However it’s good to be right here. Good to play outside earlier than going indoor for the European tournaments. So I take pleasure in it and feeling blissful about what I’ve performed this 12 months but additionally hungry for extra.”