Casper Ruud was a two-time defending champion at the 2023 Geneva Open but he won't win it for the third time.
Before defending his final appearance at the 2023 Roland Garros, the Norwegian elected to compete at the 2023 Geneva Open as the last ATP 250 tournament before the clay-court Grand Slam. It was a good decision for him in the past, but this time, he couldn't make so successful run.
After beating J.J. Wolf in the second round of the competition, Ruud took on Nicolas Jarry in the quarterfinals, tall Chilean who was playing in a very good form recently and beat some good players.
The two met once before, with the Norwegian winning in three sets in Seoul last year. This time, the match was played on his favourite surface, but he couldn't turn that into another successful result.
Jarry managed to utilize his weapons and serve very well throughout the match. Although he lost the first set 3-6, he was able to win the second set in a tie-break 7-2, and he then stayed calm in the decider, winning it 7-5.
After winning 3-6, 7-6(2), and 7-5, Jarry eliminated the first-seeded Ruud, who lost in Geneva for the first time in the last three years. In the next round, he will take on another seeded player, this time the third-seeded Alexander Zverev.
Ruud will now shift the focus toward the Roland Garros where he was drawn against one of the qualifiers in the first round. On the other hand, Jarry happily spoke about the victory afterward.
"I am so happy with the way that I played. That was the way I had to play against a top player like Casper. He is such a grinder that you have to play big and step it up. I am very happy for my game. I didn't play a very good game in the first set when he broke me, but I managed to keep going."
"I managed to play better and calm, not thinking I had to play extremely well to win the points. It could have gone either way, but I am really happy it went on my side."