Casper Ruud beats Felix Auger-Aliassime in ATP Finals opener

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TURIN, Italy — Third-seeded Casper Ruud picked up a three-set victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime in Sunday’s ATP Finals opener.

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The match was largely dominated by serve and a solitary break in the seventh game of the second set proved enough for the Norwegian player to claim a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over the fifth seed Auger-Aliassime of Canada.

Ruud, who lost in the semifinals last year, and tournament debutant Auger-Aliassime will also face top seeds Rafael Nadal and Taylor Fritz of the United States in the Greens group. Nadfal and Fritz faced off later on Sunday.

“I think it’s one of the best levels I’ve played since the US Open,” said Ruud, who lost the final at Flushing Meadows to Carlos Alcaraz. “The last two months have been a bit difficult, I have to say that honestly, but you also have to accept it.

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“You will face tough times in your career, and maybe the last two months have been one of them… It doesn’t matter how hard you train if you don’t win games, so today was a big one. victory for me.”

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