Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud spoke extremely highly of Switzerland after winning Gstaad as he acknowledged the country has some great champions in the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Ruud, 23, made his second Gstaad appearance this year and it was another winning run.
On Sunday, Ruud defeated Matteo Berrettini in the Gstaad final 4-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 to win back-to-back titles at the Swiss clay tournament.
“I think Switzerland is a country with a lot of history now in tennis, winning a lot of Grand Slams with Roger [Federer] and Stan [Wawrinka] the last 18 or 19 years,” Ruud said, per the ATP website. “So it’s been an inspiration to everyone around the world, including myself, that they are able to come from a small country, sort of like Norway. Everything about Switzerland reminds me a little bit about Norway.”
Ruud recovered from a set down to beat Berrettini
Berrettini appeared to be in full control of the final as he was up by a set and had two consecutive break points in the third game of the second set.
After blowing two break points in the third game of the second set, Berrettini missed out on another break point in the ninth game.
In the second set tie-break, Ruud opened a comfortable 5-1 lead and there was no coming back for Berrettini from that deficit.
Berrettini paid the price for not finishing the match in two sets as Ruud broke the Italian twice in the third set to complete his big comeback victory.
After losing the final, Berrettini admitted he was extremely disappointed, but that didn’t stop him from delivering classy words to Ruud.
“It’s not easy to talk after such a tough loss, but congrats to Casper and his team,” Berrettini said. “You’re having an unbelievable season, with the final [at Roland Garros] and winning a lot of matches.”