124 players were nominated to represent their country over the course of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. It is a team game after all but bare from the usual suspects, which individuals stood out? Casper Ruud – Norway Casper has been one of my favourite players to watch come up through the rankings over the last 12 months or so. Even I was surprised by his start to the season but he really took the game to his opponents. His main weapon is his forehand and he was so strong in his wins against Fognini and … Continue reading ATP Cup is a team game but which individuals stood out?
Casper Ruud may be 8608 miles away from home but the Norwegian really made a mark on the opening day of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth. Casper is a player I’ve been following for around 18 months or so. His game his built on his forehand and having watched him at the Next Gen Finals in Milan there were aspects of his game which needed slight improvement. Casper Ruud; serve ✅ too much topspin? 🤷🏼♂️ backhand needs work 👨🏼🔧 stats 📈 2020 🔮 The serve impressed me, I think a bit too much top-spin at times is an issue … Continue reading Casper Ruud seals opening day win with a faultless performance in Perth!
Casper Ruud is someone I’ve watched a lot of this year and I was excited to see him come to Milan and a round robin exit will disappoint him but can walk away with positives and plenty to build on going into 2020. Ruud is from Oslo, Norway and will celebrate his 21st birthday just before Christmas. Ruud is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and his tennis idol is Rafael Nadal spending most of his time training at the Rafael Nadal academy in Majorca. Serve Very good serve, probably second best to De Minaur out of the eight guys in Milan … Continue reading Casper Ruud; serve ✅ too much topspin? 🤷🏼♂️ backhand needs work 👨🏼🔧 stats 📈 2020 🔮
The NextGen Finals in Milan has been an epic watch so far. With one round robin match left each there is still much to play for on Thursday. Demon finding form! Alex de Minaur has been finding his form after a bit of a struggle during his first match against Davidovich Fokina. I was worried that the Australian was a bit tired following an intense few weeks on the tour and still quite a bit of tennis to play. Despite dropping one set he still looked in good form as he dominated the baseline much better today against Kecmanovic. Dropping … Continue reading Milan; Demon finding form 😈 Foki injury 🚑 Casper up & running 💪🏻 Frances edges past erratic Humbert ✅
The first match at the NextGen Finals in Milan was a very good start to the weeks proceeding at the Allianz Cloud. Casper Ruud came up against Miomir Kecmanovic in the first match of Group A. Just a reminder of some key rules from the competition; no line judges – all electronic calls no ad, deciding point is receivers choice at 3-3 we go to a tiebreak to 7 I was impressed with both guys who set out their stall nicely. Casper Ruud is the more defensive of the two players and finds most of his joy when he can … Continue reading Miomir Kecmanovic 4-3 4-3 4-2 Casper Ruud
The final eight are on route. A chance to finish the season with some silverware at the Next Gen Finals in Milan but who will reign champion at the championships? Stefanos Tsitsipas will not be at the event as he has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Felix Auger-Aliassime was due to play but an injury has ruled him out of the event. Alex De Minaur Ranked – 28 Age – 21 Nationality – Australian A very good year for Alex, if anything an underrated year from the Australian. Three titles this year in Sydney, Atlanta and … Continue reading Which NextGen stars are heading to Milan for the season finale?
NextGen star Casper Ruud has led his country into the play-offs of the Davis Cup. The 20 year old from Norway spends a lot of his time at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca and I had the pleasure of seeing him in Madrid qualifiers earlier this year. His game stood out to me as someone who could go far in the game. Roger Federer said after their meeting at Roland Garros he will be top 50 and hopefully top 20 in the future. His game his built on his strong inside out forehand which gives him a lot of … Continue reading Casper Ruud leads Norway into Davis Cup Play-Off’s