World No. 26 Cameron Norrie admitted there was nothing he could do in the San Diego Open final against Casper Ruud.
Ruud, seeded at No. 2, destroyed Norrie 6-0 6-2 to win a tour-leading fifth title of the season.
“Big congrats to you, Casper. What a year you’re having. You’re the true professional, what an athlete and big congrats to you and your team up there. Too good today and nothing I could do. I fought as hard as I could, but well done, and you deserved the win. Well done with the title,” Norrie said after the final.
Ruud has played five finals in 2021 and he has won as many titles.
“I tried to be playing really good in finals knowing it’s now or never. This is the time to bring your ‘A’ game,” Ruud said. “This year I’ve been perfect in finals, five of five and playing against good players in all of them.”
Ruud enjoyed playing in front of Rod Laver
“Special thanks to Rod, obviously the legend. I think you need to come to all my matches now because I’m playing really good when you come and watch,” Ruud said during the trophy ceremony. “I hope you will come to Indian Wells next week to watch, so let’s see [what happens there]!”
Ruud has one more title in 2021 than Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
“It’s a fun thing to say it, but obviously Daniil and Novak have bigger titles, so I wouldn’t mind switching up with them if I had an opportunity to switch five 250s to three Slams and a 250 Novak has. It’s a bit higher level, but that’s fine. I think that’s more impressive obviously than five 250s, but I will take it,” Ruud said, cracking a laugh. “It would be fun to end the year with the most titles, I cannot lie about that.”