4 wins and 4 defeats in as many weeks, Casper Ruud’s clay court form is not as we anticipated with Roland Garros on the horizon

There was an expectation that Casper Ruud would challenge during this clay court season but so far that hasn’t materialised.

6 of his 7 titles have come on clay, he has broken into the top ten and made strides on the hard courts coming into the clay court on the back of finishing runner-up at Indian Wells.

His time Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Munich and Madrid combined has seen him win four and lose four and in the territory of trying to save his clay court season.

Casper had a good clay court season last year making the final four in Madrid and Monte Carlo but hasn’t kicked on. He has played against some difficult opponents during these four defeats but you’d also make a case he should win them.

He wasn’t in Rome last year so this is a chance to get some points on the board ahead of Roland Garros. A Masters 1000 draw is never really favourable, it says a lot that players ranked 40 in the world are having to knock about in qualifying which outlines the level of competition.

As a seeded player the Norwegian will receive a first round pass and his opponent in round two will be either Seb Korda or Botic van de Zandschlup, Botic defeated Casper 7-5 6-1 in Munich a few weeks ago.

Obviously this run of form is disappointing and we have to remember this is only his second full season playing these Masters 1000 events. I do hope he finds some more form ahead of Paris which is where for me there is a lot of expectation.

This will be his fifth time at Roland Garros, he has never made it past the third round which has been his final position in each of the last three years. Granted in 2019 he lost to Federer, 2020 was Thiem and last year was a five set loss to the inform Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who this season is enjoying his best season on the tour.

Casper is in the top ten in the world at number nine but stopping him going to that next level at the moment is an inability to win matches whilst not playing his best and dominating against similarly ranked players. The next few weeks will be interesting but eyes will be on him in Paris…

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