World No. 11 Casper Ruud has admitted that he has never really felt comfortable at the US Open because the surface is so fast.
Ruud, who is enjoying a breakthrough season on the Tour, was hoping to clinch a good result at Flushing Meadows and add more success to his already great 2021 season.
On Wednesday, No. 8 seed Ruud suffered a shock loss as he lost to Botic Van de Zandschulp.
Qualifier world No. 117 Van de Zandschulp stunned Ruud in four sets 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to progress into the US Open third round.
“I’ve never really felt comfortable on that surface here. It’s the fastest I’ve ever played on. I’ll need to learn from it. It was a solid match, he played very well. I didn’t feel special pressure with being seeded 8,” Ruud said after his loss, per Tennis Majors.
Ruud shut down after winning the opening set
Ruud found himself down by a break early on in the first set but he recovered to win the opener.
In the second set, Van de Zandschulp served much better and he broke Ruud in the 10th game to level the match at one set apiece.
Van de Zandschulp also claimed the lone break of the third set as he broke Ruud in the sixth game and served out for the set in the ninth game.
In the third set, Van de Zandschulp broke Ruud in the seventh game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
Ruud paid the price for converting only two of his 12 break points.
Ruud was hoping to make a deep run at the US Open and gain more points in his attempt to make the Nitto ATP Finals.
“It is to reach Turin and finish in the Top 10. He is focused on getting to the [Nitto] ATP Finals. Without clay, it may be a little bit tougher, but he can play well on hard courts, and mentally he is prepared. There are six big events left this season and we will try to do well in all these events,” Ruud’s father and coach Christian Ruud told the ATP website.