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Casper Ruud won the tournament in Geneva – securing his twelfth ATP title

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Casper Ruud played the final in Geneva on Saturday. Photo: Martial Trezzini / Keystone via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 25.05.2024 17:03:34

Sport: The Norwegian won the final 7-5, 6-3 and secured his second title of the year and the twelfth at ATP level in his career.

The Norwegian was broken early in the first set on Saturday, but fought back and secured 1-0. In the second set, the 25-year-old was clearly better than Machac and secured the victory after a long day in the Swiss sun.

A few hours earlier, he qualified for the final after beating Italian Flavio Cobolli 2-1 in the semi-final. The match was initially supposed to be played on Friday, but was postponed due to rain.

Ruud has played five finals so far in 2024. In Monte Carlo (Masters), Los Cabos (250) and Acapulco (500) it ended in defeat. In the 500 tournament in Barcelona, ​​there was a Norwegian victory.

The two met for the first time in the Australian Open in 2023. Then the Norwegian won 2-1 in sets.

Machac opened well on Saturday and broke the Norwegian cleanly in the third game of the match. Ruud pressed the Czech in the next game, but was unable to prevent him from confirming the break.

The Norwegian worked his way into the match and secured a break point in the tenth game. After an incredible ball exchange, he made it 5-5.

– It’s an adventurous winner, for one point! exclaimed Sverre Krogh Sundbø on TV 2’s broadcast.

Ruud topped the Geneva tournament in 2022 and 2021, and he played his third final there in four years. The next task after the final is the Grand Slam tournament Roland-Garros in Paris. He has reached the final there the last two years.

The Norwegian could risk starting the tournament in Paris already on Sunday, but will get at least one rest day before he starts his first match.

Opponent Machac made it to the final after knocking out Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. The Czech is ranked number 44 in the world and was unseeded in the tournament.

The Snarøya man played on his confidence and won the next two games, which secured the set victory. He then opened the second set where he let loose and played his way into an early 3-0 lead. The Norwegian did not let go of the lead and won the match 2-0.

(© NTB)

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