After both falling in the Round of 16 of the Miami Open, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz kicked off their clay seasons in Estoril, Portugal.

The Norwegian came in as the higher seed, but it was the Pole who took home the title—and who's going to pick up the check next time these two eat out.

"You owe me dinner now btw," Ruud shared to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.


Ruud fell in the semifinals to Pedro Martinez, who turned pro in 2016 and has one clay court title to his name. Their three-hour, three-set battle edged in the Spaniard's favor, and now ties their head-to-head record at one a piece.

Martinez went on to face Hurkacz in the final, which lasted half as long and ended in straight sets win for the Pole, 6-3, 6-4.

As a result, Hurkacz earned his eighth ATP title, first of the year and first ever on clay. He also bumps up to a career-high ranking of world No. 8, sittiing less than 150 points behind Holger Rune, and just ahead of returning Top 10 player Grigor Dimitrov.


Both Ruud and Hurkacz have made their way over to the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters this week for the first ATP Masters 1000 clay tournament of the season.

As for Ruud's "clay court tips," as Hurkacz wrote, the Norwegian will have to take a page out of his own book moving forward.