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Big downer for Casper Ruud

Henri Laaksonen - Casper Ruud, 6-2, 6-4

Casper Ruud (20) got in this morning a reunion with swiss-Finnish Henri Laaksonen (26), who he recently beat in a Challenger tournament in Playford.

This time met duellantene in 1. round of qualifying for the Australian Open, where Ruud in advance was a great favourite with the bookmakers.

- I think that if I play well, as I have done on the training the last time, I can beat anyone in the qualifiers, " said Ruud to Eurosport before the match.

But it was sveitseren who took command from the start in Melbourne. Ruud struggled with finding the rhythm in the heat, and Laaksonen won 6-2 in the first set.

Heavy day

Ruud started much better in the second set, where the Norwegian went up an early 2-1-management, but continued problems for Ruud when Laaksonen broke nordmannens serve.

Ruud managed not to respond to the pressure and ended up under 2-4 in the second set.

He has had very many feiltreff in this fight, maybe hardcourten going a little too fast for the Norwegian, said the Eurosport commentator Christer Francke on the fly.

with The score 4-5 had Ruud, break a part to Laaksonen, but was not close to ready it.

It was a pity it there. He never came properly in time, " says Francke then exiten is a fact.

Thus, it was a big letdown for Casper Ruud in Australia.


Casper Ruud had 27 personal mistakes in the course of the battle. Christian Ruud think the son was a little nervous today.

First and foremost, I think Laaksonen played well, he had good length on the balls of his, played aggressively and did very little wrong. It made enough Casper a little stressed. He felt that he met an opponent who played better than last time, " says dad, Christian Ruud to Eurosport.

Casper rusher a bit I think. He does everything a little too bad, he server for the bad day, lose a little too early with the forehand and so he gets a bit of bad with the backhand too, " says Christian Ruud on.

Smoke early in the year

Casper Ruud qualified last year for the first time to the main tournament in the Australian Open. Where smoke Norwegian out in 2. round against the argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

Last Ruud and Laaksonen met won Ruud, 6-3, 6-4. It was in the third round of the Challenger tournament. Ruud broke out later in the quarter-finals, writes NTB.

On Monday's fresh ATP-ranking was Casper Ruud up one place from 112 to 111. Laaksonen was on their page ranked as number 166.

Herrelisten topped by Novak Djokovic ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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