Casper Ruud defeated Federico Coria with an efficient 6-3, 6-3 result to lift a second clay title this season with success in the Hamburg final.

The Norwegian top seed was ruthless with Argentine Federico Coria in a 98-minute victory with three aces and five breaks of serve.

Victory in the wake of his Geneva title in May will send the 22-year-old back to his career-high of 14th in the world on Monday, when he travels to Gstaad to play as second seed in the Swiss alpine ATP tournament..

Ruud had lost to Coria in a pair of lower-level Challenger and qualifying events two years ago, but had his way against the Latin in the Swedish final.

The Scandinavian followed in the footsteps of his former ATP player father – now his coach – Christian, who reached the Bastad final in 1995 but lost to Brazilian Fernando Meligeni.

“To win here means a lot, you get a little extra nervous as the No. 1 seed,” the winner said.

“Me and my father  have been joking about when I am going to beat him at (records) and now I think I have beaten him in everything,” he said of his parent once ranked 39th on the ATP.

“The Ruud family can finally bring the trophy home to Norway. It is a special feeling having him here with me.”

Ruud added: “This was an incredible week – maybe the best week of my life.”

“It is an incredible feeling playing here in Bastad with the Swedish, Norwegian and Danish support. There is nothing like that home crowd feeling.”

Ruud dispatched the 77th-ranked Coria with a forehand winner on match point, completing a week where he did not drop a set.

The Norwegian now owns three career titles after winning Buenos Aires in 2020.

Main photo:- Casper Ruud wins Nordea Open Bastad – courtesy Nordea Open


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