Casper Ruud crashes out of Japan Open already in first round

Casper Ruud crashes out of Japan Open already in first round

by Evita Mueller

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Only a few weeks ago, Casper Ruud had a chance to become world number 1 in the ATP Rankings, now things look differently for him.

The young Norwegian could take no. 1 spot if he defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the 2022 US Open final. However, after losing to the Spaniard, Casper Ruud climbed to the 2nd position, but he already dropped to no. 3 and his fall can continue.

At the 2022 Japan Open in Tokyo, Ruud took on Jaume Munar, who he defeated three times before. However, all the previous matches were on clay courts and so the first-seeded player in Tokyo faced a new challenge against the Spaniard.

In the first set, Ruud struggled on his serve and his serve was broken twice. On the other hand, despite facing many difficult situations, Munar kept his cool and after 44 minutes won the first set 6-3.

The Norwegian wanted to start the second set well, but he did the opposite thing. Ruud immediately lost his serve and was trying to get back throughout the set. He even had 4 break points, but never used his chance and after an hour and 36 minutes, he lost 3-6, 3-6.

Although no one will surely overtake the Norwegian in ATP Rankings this week, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas can get very close and seal the deal for him very soon.


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