Casper Ruud: I want to believe one match will turn it around


Casper Ruud hopes a positive start at the Miami Open will provide him the spark he needs to turn around his season.

Ruud, who made two Grand Slam finals last year, has been pretty average at the start of the 2023 season and he arrived in Miami with a 4-5 record in 2023.

But after a first-round bye in Miami, Ruud started his campaign at the tournament with a convincing 6-2 6-3 win over Ilya Ivashka.

“I want to believe one match will turn it around but there are still a lot of matches to be played with a lot of good players left in the tournament. It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve played a match after taking an early loss in Indian Wells. I worked hard and came into Miami with great memories from last year,” Ruud said, per the ATP website.

Ruud hopes Miami will again be great for him

Last year, Ruud made his first Masters final in Miami before losing to Carlos Alcaraz. 

“Last year I won’t say I turned around my year here because I won Buenos Aires, but then I had an injury that kept me out for two to three weeks and then I lost early in Indian Wells. When people asked about my expectations I said I just wanted to have a good finish to the hard-court season and I made the final. So I’m just going to try to win some matches again, not think about what [points] I have to defend and just try to get some momentum,” Ruud said.

After the 2022 ATP Finals, Ruud went on a Latin America Tour with Rafael Nadal. 

Because of that, Ruud didn´t have an offseason. 

After losing in the Australian Open second round, Ruud then had his offseason for 2023. 

Ruud returned to action in Acapulco and he is still waiting for his first big result in 2023.

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