“During Paris, something clicked,” continued the Norwegian talisman. “I think I matured and learned how to play five sets better than I did last year.
“I hope it can have prepared me a little bit. At least I know a little bit what I'm facing when I'm stepping on the court, seeing the trophy on the back of the court, seeing tons of celebrities. Even in Roland-Garros, there was royal families there watching. That was a little bit new experience for me. I hope I can be more ready for that on Sunday.”
Alcaraz is the headline act, a player spinning around social media with his highlight reel tendencies. Ruud embodies resilience and will be prepared to the max.
“I think if I want to beat Carlos, I'll need to play very precise with all the shots that I hit, especially try to keep him a little bit further back in the court, to play with good depth and length on all my shots. If he steps in, he can do anything with the ball,” revealed Ruud.
“We're playing for the tournament and also world No.1. Of course, there will be nerves and we will both feel it. I hope it will be a good match. He has beaten me a couple times and I will seek my revenge.”