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Ruud Rides on in Buenos Aires, Defeating Schwartzman for Seventh Career Title

Casper Ruud is proving to be a formidable opponent on all surfaces, but when the hard-hitting Norwegian returns to his favorite clay, he reminds us once more of his true preferences.

The 23-year-old beat a tenacious Diego Schwartzman, the No. 2 seed, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, to win his eighth ATP title – and sixth on clay – on Sunday in Buenos Aires, proving that he’s significantly better on clay than his current global position of No. 8.

Ruud, who won the Buenos Aires title in 2020 but did not compete last year, said, “It means a lot.”

“This is the first time I’ve had to defend a championship, and I’m ecstatic — I’m looking forward to all the clay tournaments coming up this year.” Let’s see how I go, but the goal is to play well, and I believe this is a great start – it will give me confidence for the rest of the season as well as the next few weeks in South America.”

Ruud moved to 78-30 on clay in his career and 49-11 since the start of 2020, defeating Schwartzman and the Argentine crowd to win his second Argentina Open title.

Schwartzman gave it his all in the first set and was rewarded for his efforts when he saved a set point by winning a 42-stroke rally and went on to win the first set 7-5.

Ruud, on the other hand, swiftly put the incident behind him and was the better player in sets two and three. With his strong topspin strokes and grinding consistency off both wings, he wore down Schwartzman.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but overall, I think it was a nice match,” Ruud stated after the win. “Diego played a great first set, and I was struggling to get the crucial points,” she said. “I just tried to fight and stay in it the entire match because I know how quickly things can change in a tennis match, and luckily it went my way today.”

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