The man of the hour on the ATP Tour is Casper Rudd. The Norwegian claimed his fifth championship win of the year Monday night in San Diego. Nobody can win more men’s singles titles in 2021. Not even Novak Djokovic (4 wins, but 3 majors).
3 victories in the tournament instead of the Olympics
The victory in Southern California was Rudd’s first victory on hard ground. Before that, the 22-year-old had only succeeded on the sand. In July he achieved something rare: in Bastad (SWE), Gstaad and Kitzbühel Ruud celebrated three championship victories in 3 consecutive weeks. The last time Andy Murray managed to do this was 10 years ago.
Rudd also benefited from not going to the Olympics. While the top shots of the scene were playing out in Tokyo (or still in quarantine), Melbourne’s round of 16 went from success to success in Europe.
This also had an impact on the rankings: On September 13, Rudd reached the top ten for the first time. And he’s just 150 points away from Roger Federer – who Rudd once described as an “absolute legend” – in ninth place.
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