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Casper Ruud

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Bio He is a Norwegian professional tennis player. He is the first Norwegian man to win an ATP title (having won eight 250s, seven of which were on clay courts), first to reach an ATP Tour Masters 1000 final, first in history to reach a Grand Slam tournament final and the Top-10 in the ATP rankings. He has a career-high singles ranking of No. 6, achieved on June 6, 2022.

Ruud reached the third round of the 2015 French Open boys' singles event, losing to Corentin Denolly. He also reached the third round of the 2015 US Open boys' singles and the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon boys' singles, making it his best singles performances in the respective competitions in Junior Grand Slams during his Junior career.

In the 2015 Wimbledon Boys' Doubles, Ruud made it to the semi-finals together with partner Miomir Kecmanović, before losing out to Lý Hoàng Nam and Sumit Nagal who went on to win the tournament. They got knocked-out in the first round of the 2015 US Open Boys' Doubles. In 2016, Ruud and Kecmanović reached the semi-finals of the 2016 French Open Boys' Doubles before getting knocked-out by Youssef Hossam and Jurabek Karimov.

Ruud started the year by being the no. 1 ranked Junior player on January 4, making him the first Norwegian to do so.

For the 2016 season, Ruud set his goals on playing Futures tournaments to play more senior tennis and start climbing the ATP Rankings. In February, he played his first Futures final, a final he ended up winning against Carlos Taberner in Paguera, Spain.

He has since played four more finals, winning one of them against Mikael Torpegaard in Kaarina, Finland in August.

In September, 2016, in his first ever ATP Challenger tournament, Ruud managed to win the Copa Sevilla after beating Taro Daniel in the final. By winning on his debut Ruud became the fourth-youngest to ever do so.[6] In the tournament, he recorded his first wins over players ranked in the top 150. He knocked-out the top seed Iñigo Cervantes in the quarter-final, who at the time was ranked no. 75 on the ATP Rankings. Due to his win in his Challenger debut, Ruud received a wildcard to the 2016 Chengdu Open, his first ATP World Tour 250 series tournament. Ruud lost to Viktor Troicki 6–3, 7–6 in the first round.

Ruud finished 2016 with a career high ranking of 225 on the ATP Ranking.

After impressing in 2016 and climbing the ATP Ranking, Ruud lost in the third and final round of 2017 Australian Open – Men's Singles Qualifying to Reilly Opelka. Ruud then received a wildcard into the ATP 500 event 2017 Rio Open where he defeated Rogério Dutra Silva, Roberto Carballés Baena, and Thiago Monteiro to advance to his first ATP level semi-final. This made him the youngest to make an ATP 500 semi-final since Borna Ćorić at the 2014 Swiss Indoors. Ruud was defeated by Pablo Carreño Busta in the semifinals but reached a career-high ranking of 133. Ruud received a wildcard into the 2017 Miami Open, marking his first appearance at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

In 2018, Ruud qualified for his first Grand Slam at the 2018 Australian Open after going through the qualifying competition. This made him the first Norwegian to qualify for any Grand Slam main draw in 17 years. He won the first round against Quentin Halys before losing against Diego Schwartzman in the second round. He would lose to Schwartzman again at the Rio Open. Later on in the season he showed continuous good form and reached two ATP Challenger finals in two weeks. The first one he lost against Italian Gianluigi Quinzi in Francavilla al Mare and then he lost to Pedro Sousa in the Braga Open two weeks later. Both opponents played on home soil. A few weeks later Ruud continued his good form and qualified for the main draw of the French Open for the first time after going through the qualifiers without losing a set. In the first round he defeated Jordan Thompson to match his achievement at the previous slam in Melbourne. He lost against seeded player Albert Ramos Viñolas in the second round. In July he achieved the biggest win of his career so far when he beat defending champion, former world number 3 and current world number 39, David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 at the 2018 Swedish Open. Later that year Ruud qualified for the US Open for the first time, going through the qualifiers without dropping a set. He lost to Guido Pella in the first round. After struggling with finding consistency in his form after the summer, Ruud finished off the 2018 season by reaching the semi final of three consecutive Challenger Tournaments, which brought him close to his career high ATP Ranking going into a new season.

In the 2019 season, Ruud lost in the first qualifying round at the Australian Open, but qualified for the 2019 Rio Open, and won against Carlos Berlocq and fifth seed João Sousa before losing 4-6, 5-7 to Laslo Đere. The result saw him climb to a tied career high ranking of 108. The following week he reached the semi-final of the 2019 Brasil Open, beating Thiago Monteiro, top seed João Sousa and Hugo Dellien before losing to Christian Garín 4-6, 4-6. The result meant that Ruud would climb to inside the top 100 on the ATP Ranking for the first time of his career the following week with a ranking of 94. In April, at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Ruud reached his first ever ATP Tour level final. In the final he lost to Christian Garín, though his result meant that he copied his father Christian Ruud in reaching the final of an ATP Tour event, being the only two Norwegians to do so. At the 2019 Italian Open, Ruud won his first match in an ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournament. After coming through the qualifiers he went on to beat Dan Evans and Nick Kyrgios before losing 4-6, 4-6 in the third round to Juan Martín del Potro. At the 2019 French Open Ruud beat Ernests Gulbis and 29th seed Matteo Berrettini before losing 3-6, 1-6, 6-7(8–10) against Roger Federer in the third round. Ruud also reached the second round at the doubles event alongside Miomir Kecmanović after knocking out former winners and 12th seed Ivan Dodig and Édouard Roger-Vasselin before losing 0-6, 6-1, 2-6 to Federico Delbonis and Guillermo Durán. In July Ruud played his first Wimbledon Championships at the 2019 Wimbledon, losing in the first round to 9th seed John Isner. At the 2019 Generali Open Kitzbühel Ruud made it to the semi-final after beating Pablo Carreño Busta, Matthias Bachinger and Pablo Cuevas before losing to Albert Ramos Viñolas. At the 2019 US Open Ruud once again teamed up with Miomir Kecmanović in doubles. They made it to the third round after eliminating third seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the second round. At the 2019 St. Petersburg Open Ruud made the quarter-final before losing in three sets to Borna Ćorić, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6. After his best season so far Ruud qualified for the 2019 Next Generation ATP Finals where he got knocked out in the round robin.

At the 2020 ATP Cup Ruud lead Norway to a 2–1 victory over the US in the first round robin match after beating John Isner 6–7, 7–6, 7–5 before teaming up with Viktor Durasovic to beat Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram in doubles. In the second round robin singles match Ruud beat world no. 12 Fabio Fognini 6–2, 6–2.

In February Ruud made his way to the final of the 2020 Argentina Open where he defeated Pedro Sousa in the final, thus becoming the first tennis player from Norway to win an ATP Tour title and also appear in more than one ATP Tour final. At the same time he surpassed his father Christian's ranking of 39 on the ATP ranking, setting a new record as the highest ranked Norwegian player in ATP history with a ranking of 34 the following week.

Two weeks after his first title, Ruud reached his second final in a month at the 2020 Chile Open but lost in three sets against Thiago Seyboth Wild.

At the 2020 US Open, he reached the third round after defeating Mackenzie McDonald in a five-set match in the first round. In the second round he faced Emil Ruusuvuori, who retired in the third set. Ruud moved to the third round but was defeated in straight sets by Matteo Berrettini.

At the 2020 Italian Open, Ruud notched four match wins, including a quarterfinal victory over top 10 player Matteo Berrettini, to reach that tournament's semifinals as the first ever Norwegian, once again surpassing the record of his father Christian Ruud who reached the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo in 1997. Casper then lost in two sets to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The result sent him up to a new career high of No. 30 the following week. Another semifinal at the 2020 Hamburg European Open the following week sent him up to No. 25 in the rankings. At the 2020 French Open, Ruud once again reached the 3rd round where was then beaten by Dominic Thiem.

At the 2021 Australian Open Ruud progressed to the fourth round in a Grand Slam for the first time. He beat Jordan Thompson, Tommy Paul and Radu Albot before retiring against Andrey Rublev after losing the first two sets. The result equalled his father's best placement at the Australian Open and at a Grand Slam. Ruud reentered the top 25 to a career high ranking of No. 24 on February 22, 2021. A few weeks later he reached the quarterfinals at Acapulco but once again withdrew due to injury before his match against Alexander Zverev started.

On his debut at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, Ruud recorded his second top-10 win after beating Diego Schwartzman in straight sets in the second round. He then defeated Pablo Carreño Busta and defending champion Fabio Fognini to reach his second Masters 1000 semifinal, where he lost to Andrey Rublev. At the 2021 BMW Open Ruud reached the semifinals before losing in straight sets to Nikoloz Basilashvili. At the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open in another debut, Ruud recorded his first top-5 win in the third round by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. He went on to record a straight sets victory in the quarterfinals over Alexander Bublik to reach his third straight ATP Masters 1000 semifinal on clay. In the semifinal he lost to Matteo Berrettini. As a result of his performance in Madrid, Ruud entered the top 20 for the first time in his career, rising to a new career high ranking of No. 16 on May 10, 2021.

At the 2021 Geneva Open, Ruud reached his fourth consecutive semifinal on the ATP Tour and then reached his first final of the year and 4th final in his career after defeating Pablo Andújar in straight sets. He defeated Denis Shapovalov in straight sets to win his second ATP title.

At the 2021 Wimbledon Championships Ruud and his partner André Göransson made the quarterfinals of the Men's Doubles tournament. As a result he climbed to a career-high in doubles of world No. 133 on July 12, 2021.

At the 2021 Swedish Open, Ruud won his second title of the year and third in total after beating Federico Coria in the final. The following week, Ruud won his third title of 2021 with victory at the Swiss Open, beating Hugo Gaston in the final. Ruud would then claim victory a week later in Kitzbühel, defeating Pedro Martínez in the final, to win his fourth title of the season and fifth of his career. As a result, Ruud moved up to a new career high ranking of No. 12 on August 2, 2021. He became the first ATP player since Andy Murray in October 2011 to win three titles in as many weeks. His winning streak ended at the 2021 Canada Masters after he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Stefanos Tsitsipas. As a result he reached a career-high ranking in singles of World No. 11 on August 16, 2021. The following week he reached another Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the 2021 Cincinnati Masters but lost to Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

On September 13, Ruud reached the No. 10 ranking in the world, becoming a top 10 player for the first time and the first Norwegian player to accomplish this feat. At 22, he was also the youngest player in the Top 10.

At the end of September, Ruud was selected to play the 2021 Laver Cup for team Europe. He won the first match of the tournament against Reilly Opelka in a tournament team Europe went on to win 14–1.

At the start of October, Ruud won his first ever hardcourt tournament and his fifth tour-leading tournament of the year at the 2021 San Diego Open. He defeated Andy Murray, Lorenzo Sonego, Grigor Dimitrov and in the final Cameron Norrie 6–0, 6–2 in 62 minutes.

Ruud began his Rolex Paris Masters run by defeating Alexander Bublik in straight sets, the second set by a score of 6-0. His third round victory over Marcos Giron confirmed Ruud’s spot at the ATP Finals, where he made his debut at the year-end championships.

At the 2021 ATP Finals, Ruud reached the semifinals after losing to Novak Djokovic before beating Cameron Norrie and Andrey Rublev in the round robin. In the semifinal Ruud lost in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev.

Ruud finished the year as World No. 8 in the singles rankings.

Ruud did not participate in 2022 Australian Open due to an injury.

Shortly after his recovery, he entered the 2022 Argentina Open at which he defeated Diego Schwartzman in the final and clinched his seventh career ATP singles title.

He reached his fourth Masters 1000 semifinal at the 2022 Miami Open by defeating Henri Laaksonen, Alexander Bublik, and Cameron Norrie, and later earning his first win against World No. 4 Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinal. Ruud then defeated Francisco Cerúndolo in the semifinals to advance to his first Masters 1000 Final. In the final he lost to 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets. Following this result, Ruud reached a career high ranking of No. 7 in the World on April 4, 2022.

At the Italian Open, Ruud reached the semifinals by defeating 13th seed Denis Shapovalov before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.[30] He next defended his title at the 2022 Geneva Open, defeating João Sousa in the longest championship match of the season in both time (3 hours 4 minutes) and games (36). He became the sixth player to win multiple tour-level titles in 2022.

At the French Open, Ruud defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was playing his last professional match, Emil Ruusuvuori, Lorenzo Sonego, and 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz to advance to his first ever Major quarterfinal, becoming the first Norwegian to reach the fourth round and beyond at this Major. In the first all-Scandinavian French Open quarterfinal, he defeated Holger Rune to set up a match with also first-time Roland Garros semifinalist Marin Čilić. He reached the final with a four sets win over Cilic. He became the first Norwegian man in history to reach a Grand Slam final. He fell in straight sets to Rafael Nadal, but as a result of his performance he moved to a new career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 on June 6, 2022.

He became a part of the Norwegian Davis Cup team in 2015, and together with countryman Viktor Durasovic made sure Norway was promoted from Group Three Europe Zone to Group Two Europe/Africa Zone.

In the 2016 Davis Cup, Ruud and Durasovic lost 3–2 to Lithuania in the first round. In the play-offs they beat Luxembourg 3–2 to stay in the Group Two Europe/Africa Zone. Norway remained in Group Two Europe/Africa Zone in 2017 and 2018 before they in 2019 won their tie against Georgia securing them a place in the playoff for World Group I as a result of the changes in the Davis Cup format.
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