His 2022 season ended on a losing note, but Casper Ruud admits he would have bitten your hand off if you had offered him the No 3 spot in the ATP Rankings and three big finals at the start of the year.
The 23-year-old lost the ATP Finals showpiece match against Novak Djokovic on Sunday and the defeat meant he missed out on finishing second behind Carlos Alcaraz in the rankings.
However, it has still been a remarkable campaign for the Norwegian as he reached his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open – losing in three sets against Rafael Nadal. He then had another incredible run at the US Open as he again reached the final, this time going down in five sets against Alcaraz.
He took his ATP singles title tally to nine after winning the Argentina Open, Geneva Open and Swiss Open, while he finished the season with a 51–22 record.
“In the end it’s been disappointing to end up losing these big finals. Overall if you gave me an offer to end the year at No 3, play the finals that I’ve played, at the 1st of January this year, I would probably sign the contract right away. No doubt about it,” Ruud said.
“I’m very happy with all that I’ve achieved, how things turned out, played out for me this year. It’s been great.
“But I still feel like there are room for improvements, so that’s a good thing I believe to still be happy and know that there is still room for improvement, which is a good thing.
“I feel like, of course, I’ve been playing great tennis this year, but I still feel like I haven’t maybe peaked or played hopefully my best tennis of my life so far.
“Definitely very happy with the year all in all. This result to me is maybe one of the most surprising, finishing the year here on a blistering fast indoor hard court, making the final, not something that I found very likely. Maybe neither did I in the US Open to make the final.
“I’ve overachieved compared to my own mind, so I’m very happy about that.”
The Norwegian also pointed out some of the assets of his game that he can improve.
“Technically I’m not perfect at all. Many things I can improve technically,” he said. “But my base as a tennis player has improved a lot this last year. But there are many things that I can improve, many things that I still find uncomfortable, shots that I don’t feel comfortable hitting, especially maybe moving forward, coming to the net.
“All in all I think I can improve all parts of my game, which is a good thing. Yeah, I cannot tell you one thing specific right now. But in my mind I still believe that I can play better tennis than what I have done this year.”
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