Scandinavian countries such as Norway and Denmark are not used to having the top tennis players on the ATP Tour but that changed in 2022.
Currently, there is one Norwegian and one Danish player ranked in Top 10 of the ATP Rankings as Casper Ruud and Holger Rune showed their qualities throughout the season. However, their relationship wasn't ideal at one point this year when they had quite a fiery argument at the Roland Garros where they met.
They have never met on a tennis court since and many await their meeting. That can happen at the 2022 ATP Finals, where Rune is the first alternate, while Ruud is one of the players competing. However, ahead of the event, Ruud spoke about his rival from Scandinavia and hinted that he would like to improve relationship with him in the future when he said:
“We played four times already, so it's been quite a lot,” he said. “And I've seen that he's improved every time we play, and it's become tougher and tougher for me to hold him back or hold him off."
“It's great to see that another Scandinavian is doing well and we had a little, what should we say, conflict there in Paris, in the French Open, but it's nothing to dwell on. It's great to see that he has improved his game and I know that he's been into posture and all this stuff behaving on court, so it's great to see that he's also improving every aspect of his game,” Ruud concluded.