Casper Ruud opens up on being determined to make strong Australian Open result

World No 3 Casper Ruud admits he is “already hungry” to do well at the Australian Open.

Ruud, who made two Grand Slam finals in 2022, didn’t compete at this year’s Australian Open after sustaining an injury in practice just a day before the start of the tournament.

Since Ruud won’t have a single point to defend at the Australian Open, a win could propel him to the top spot in the world. 

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz currently has 1,000 points more than Ruud, while defending Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal has 200 points more than the Norwegian. 

If Ruud wins the Australian Open, that may end up being a double delight for him as those 2,000 points could very easily be enough for him to reach the top spot.

Ruud determined to do well at the 2023 Australian Open 

“It’s a big chance for me to get some sort of revenge down there and hopefully have a good result. I look forward to going to Australia and starting a new season. I look forward to playing best-of-five sets again. I think for the Australian Open I can say I’m already hungry to have a good result and let’s see how next year plays out. There will be a lot of points and results for me to defend [after Australia]. I hope I can do that and achieve even more. That’s not going to be easy because this year I’ve done very well in certain tournaments, but I will try my best. I’m probably going to have more eyes on me from next year on. That’s something I’m going to just try to deal with and see how it goes. I’m just going to focus on the matches that I play, take it from there. When you’re starting in Australia, you know you probably going to play tens of thousands of points in the year, hopefully if you have a good one, close to 80 or 90 matches. It’s just one of many [tournaments]. It’s like the start of a marathon and you are motivated for it,” Ruud said, as quoted on Eurosport. 

Ruud, 23, will be making his fourth Australian Open main draw appearance in 2023.

Ruud achieved his best Australian Open result in 2021, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Andrey Rublev.