It was a frustrating struggle against the Dutch Tallpon Griekspoor Thursday. Casper Ruud won the first set 6-4, but after that, it was little who voted for the Norwegian in Germany.
In the second set was Ruud outplayed and lost 1-6, while the errors continued to florere also in the third set and Ruud lost the set 2-6.
The Norwegian 20-year-old went straight into 2. round in Koblenz-the tournament after gaining a walkover in the first. Where he struggled to win against Italian Raul Brancaccio Wednesday. Thursday's opponent, Tallpon Griekspoor, is number 233 in the world ranking.
It started well for Snarøya-boy when he first set broke nederlenderens serve and took the lead 4-3. Servebruddet was crucial for the set that Ruud won 6-4, after among other things having saved a breakball after a longer ballveksling.
In the second set began the problems for Casper Ruud. Griekspoor broke Ruuds serve at the first opportunity and went up 2-0-management. Then he won his own serve, broke Ruuds serve on the new and used so own serve. When the led suddenly the dutchman 5-0.
Norwegian servet to 5-1, but it was unfortunately not the start of any turnaround. The dutchman won the set 6-1.
the Norwegian had not shaken off the problems in the break, and were swept by the path of the Griekspoor. Ruud came under 0-4 in the third set before he finally reduced to 1-4. But by then it was too late.
Dutchman servet into 5-1, Ruud, reduced, before Griekspoor servet victory in the country. Thus lost Ruud, the third set 6-2 and broke out of the tournament.
To break out in Germany doesn't help nordmannens looking at the ranking points to get into the top 100 in the world. He risks to fall in several places as he loses the 70 rankingpoengene he acquired when he took to the 2. round at the Australian Open last year. Ruud is right now number 112 in the world ranking.Maldini turns heads in his new sports: - Good enough to win in the first round, " says Casper Ruud