Casper Ruud makes honest confession about Laver Cup victory
Casper Ruud said that he was inspired to get Europe on the board in the Laver Cup as Roger Federer watched from the stands.
Team Europe dominated the event while Federer was spearheading efforts but as he stepped away last season, they suffered their first Laver Cup loss.
Now in 2023, the Laver Cup has started badly for Europe who were blanked on the first day where their laid-back approach was met with a more fired-up Team World largely made up of Americans.
The Norwegian still treasures his time with Federer in the Laver Cup from 2022 and getting to play some small part in the great player’s farewell from the sport.
Ruud felt that he had to get Europe on the board with strong performance, especially with Laver Cup hero Federer watching on.
When asked if his win over Tommy Paul was more significant because of the esteemed audience, Ruud said: “Yes, it was.
“I don’t know if I’m the leader or not. I think Bjorn is the leader. He is our captain. It’s great to play besides Bjorn.
“You know, when Roger is in the stands, it’s extra special. You want to deliver. You want to play well. I tried to learn from last year. You know, wasn’t easy.
“I was like a kid in the candy store being around the greatest, one of the four greatest players ever,” he continued, reflecting on Federer’s emotional farewell at the event in London.
“That was like one of the most fun weeks for me. I was really excited to be back in Europe. A different team, but we’re young and we’re strong, and we’re ready for the rest of the weekend.”
In contrast Team World’s Taylor Fritz seemed to be completely unaware of the illustrious audience and focused on his game.
However, even he was aware that Federer was watching Laver Cup action.
Fritz said that his presence would fire up just about any player alive.
“I actually didn’t realise they were here until after the match,” Fritz admitted.
“I try not to look into the crowd too much.
“But I know Roger is watching, so I think that’s always something that is really cool is after I get off the court, especially since I played a good match.
“I’m, like, it pumps me up a lot knowing someone like Roger and those guys, that they’re watching, watching me play, and I’m happy that I played well.”
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