‘Rafa Nadal has helped me a lot to reach this level’, reveals Casper Ruud
Casper Ruud said Rafael Nadal has helped him a lot “to reach this level” and that Toni Nadal also provides “invaluable” guidance.
The world No. 22 will face Matteo Berrettini tonight in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open. The 22-year-old also reached the last four at the two most recent clay court Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome.
Ruud trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca – which he joined when he was 19 and ranked 143rd in the world.
“Every time I go to the academy, we (me and Nadal) talk to each other, we train with each other,” Ruud said in an interview after beating Alexander Bublik in the Rome quarter-finals.
“I must mention it – Rafa has helped me a lot in recent years to reach this level, it’s obvious.
“Getting help from Toni is invaluable as well and, although he helps Felix (Auger-Aliassime) more personally, he is still involved in my tennis.”
The Norwegian has won one title – the Argentina Open clay court ATP 250 event in 2020.
(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)