World number one Novak Djokovic was too strong for Casper Ruud in the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Rome. The Serb won in two straight sets and is ready for the final.
The match ended 7-5, 6-3. Despite the defeat, Ruud showed what he is good for.
– I did my best, but he was a little too strong on the most important points. Of course, you get a little extra pumped when you lead against that type of player and feel that you are doing a good job, but I tried to look at it like any other match. At the same time, it is something different when you play against a player as big as him, the Norwegian said when he met the press afterward.
The 22-year-old added that the match has left him with many different feelings.
– You want to win every game you play, but sometimes you meet your superior. That was probably what happened today, Ruud said.
A semi-final finish in such a prestigious tournament is in any case his best result so far in his career. And Ruud impressed in the match that lasted a little over two hours, even though at times there was a substantial difference between the players.
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