This time last year, Ruud’s clay season came to life as he reached the semi-finals in Rome, then won the title in Geneva, before making history on Paris’ terre battue as the first Norwegian man to reach a Grand Slam final.
When things got tricky for him this season, Ruud didn’t need to look far for confirmation that things could swing back in his favour sooner or later.
“I think a great example is Daniil Medvedev, who in my world and in my head he’s definitely a top-five player in the world and a couple of months ago he was outside the top 10 because he hasn’t felt as well as he maybe would like and he changed things around and now he’s back to where he belongs and has been on a really good streak in the last couple of months,” Ruud explained.
“So I think things can change, both for the better and the worse, very quickly, and you just have to live in the moment and enjoy it and try to play as much and as good as you can when you’re in the zone and I’m trying to get back to that zone.
“A few wins here now in Rome could hopefully be a part of some success coming. I have a lot of important weeks coming up for me and if I want to keep my ranking and my position, I need to win some more matches and try to do well the next couple of weeks.”