Having been in his first ATP final last April ten months on and back in his second tour final the Norwegian has won his first title in Buenos Aires.
The 21 year old has been in good form in Argentina in his first clay event of the year and on Monday will be at a career high of 33 when Monday’s rankings come out.
During his week he saw off two Spaniards to begin with in Carbellas Baena and Andujar. His win against the third seed Dusan Lajovic in straight sets set up a semi-final against Juan Ignacio Londero who gave him a lot to think about and fought back from 4-6 3-5 down to win against the last Argentine standing.
Londero was the last Argentine standing in Buenos Aires follow Diego Schwartzman’s withdrawal from his semi-final giving Pedro Sousa a walkover to the 31 year olds first ATP Final.
Sousa came in with a bit of a left leg issue and it was heavily taped up as he entered the court.
Ruud entered as a man on a mission. The Norwegian served incredibly well throughout the match and really pulled the Portuguese player around the court dictating the rhythm.
Ruud was ruthless and for the second match running was delayed serving out the set following a member of the audience falling unwell in the 30 degree heat of Buenos Aires.
Pedro made life slightly difficult for himself being broken from 40-0 as Ruud went onto win the first set 6-1 and gifted the first break of the second set to the Norwegian as well.
Sousa served a double fault at 0-30 to set up three break points and then another double fault gifted the eighth seed an early break.
He continued to move gingerly but at 3-2 the 31 year old continued to stay close with Ruud as he bid for that break of serve back.
The match continued to stay with serve from there on in, Sousa did make it difficult for Casper saving one break point but then went onto find some big serves to serve out his first ATP title!