Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud admitted he was “fortunate” to survive a tight Indian Wells Masters third round clash against top-ranked South-African Lloyd Harris.
Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Harris 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 and progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16.
“It was a very tough match and I was fortunate to get through in the end,” Ruud said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “There were only some points here and there that decided this match. I saved a lot of break points and in crucial points I stepped up my game.
“It was frustrating because Lloyd was playing well and I was not really feeling the groove like I felt in the first match and in the end I was fortunate to get through.”
Ruud pulled off a comeback win
Ruud, seeded at No. 6, saved a break point in the seventh, ninth and 11th game to force a first-set tie-break.
Ruud never really stood a chance in the tie-break as Harris took an early led and never looked back.
However, Ruud kept his focus as he claimed one break in each of the following two sets and routinely held on to his serve to create a comeback win.
“It is quite a simple quote my dad told me when I was young. He used to go to an academy called Rick Macci and he would always tell my father that losers find excuses and winners find a way. This is a quote my dad has been telling me for many years. You always try to find a way. Today I did. I was down pretty much the whole match and I found a way luckily,” Ruud added.
Ruud will be fighting against Diego Schwartzman for a place in the Indian Wells quarterfinal.
Ruud is having his main draw debut in Indian Wells and he would certainly like to win it all and make it a perfect debut.