Casper Ruud speaks on facing Matteo Berrettini in Gstaad final

Casper Ruud said he was doing all the right things against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a dominant Gstaad victory.

Ruud, the defending Gstaad champion, destroyed Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-0 to reach back-to-back finals at the Swiss clay tournament. 

Ruud claimed a total of five breaks and didn’t face a single break point during the match. 

“I played really well from the start to the end,” Ruud said after his dominant victory, per the ATP website. “I got the perfect start to have a 3-0 lead. He’s always a tough player to play against. He’s a lefty which makes everything a bit complicated sometimes. He’s a great fighter, a great runner, and makes a lot of balls. Today he made a few extra unforced errors, but I was also pressuring him all the time, playing heavy and very smart and aggressive, so I guess I was doing the right thing all the time.”

Ruud plays Matteo Berrettini in the final

In the final, top seed Ruud plays second-seeded Berrettini. 

Berrettini won it all in Gstaad in 2018, while Ruud earned his first Gstaad title last year.

“It will be a tough one for sure,” Ruud said of facing Berrettini. “I know Matteo well. We didn’t grow up together but the past years we have played each other a couple of times. He’s a super nice guy and he’s also on a good run on the Tour at the moment and also in Switzerland. We’ll both seek our second win here in Gstaad, and it will be an interesting match.”

Ruud and Berrettini will be going head-to-head for the fifth time when they meet in the Gstaad final. 

The head-to-head between the two stands at 2-2 as the two are set to play for the first time since the 2021 Madrid Masters.

It should be noted that three of their past four meetings came on clay and Ruud won two of those three meetings.