On Saturday, Casper Ruud returned to the winner’s circle, 15 months after becoming the first Norwegian to win an ATP title. Third-seeded Ruud defeated second-seeded Denis Shapovalov, 7-6 (6), 6-4, at the Geneva Open to claim his second ATP tour-level trophy.
“It feels as good to win today as it did in Buenos Aires,” Ruud said. “I was more mature this week, knowing that I won a title before. It’s something else to do it the second time, but it’s the same great winning taste and winning feeling.”
Shapovalov, who was playing in his third career final, was also looking for his second tour-level title—having won the 2019 Stockholm Open.
Ruud, however, has put together a stellar European clay-court campaign so far, with three consecutive semifinal runs in Monte Carlo, Munich and Madrid.