Casper Ruud swept to a second Swiss title this season with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of France’s Hugo Gaston on Sunday to win the trophy in Gstaad.

The Norwegian followed up on the Geneva title he lifted in May and also won his second straight after taking the honours last weekend in Bastad.

Ruud, whose 14th ranking is due to rise towards the Top 10 on Monday, remains a perfect 7-0 this month, with all matches played on his favoured surface of clay.

The Scandinavian will try and keep his streak alive next week in Kitzbuehel, final clay tournament of the season.

The winner had to battle through some demanding games as his left-handed opponent put up a massive fight.

Ruud took a lead of a set and 5-2 after a breaking in a marathon eighth game, where Gaston saved five break points in a game of 10 deuces.

The Norwegian closed out victory a game later on his second match point, an ace, after breaking on four of 16 occasions.

“This was my toughest match of the last two weeks,” Ruud said after his 96-minute effort. Hugo plays very fast and doesn’t give you much rhythm’

“He can hit a winner from anywhere, even if the score was three and two, he had a lot of chances and break points.

“I had to step up on the big points. This is the final, I wanted to give everything – I’m lucky it went my way.”

Main photo:- Casper Ruud winning in Gstaad – by


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