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By Erik Gudris | @ATNTennis | Sunday August 1, 2021


Away from the Olympic spotlight in Tokyo, Norway's Casper Ruud is making some tennis history of his own.

Tennis Express

The 22-year-old Ruud won the Austrian Open in Kitzbuhel with a hard fought three-set win on Saturday, a victory which sealed his third straight ATP title—Bastad, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel—in as many weeks, and took his career-best winning streak to 11.

Ruud, the top seed, defeated Pedro Martinez in the rain-delayed final 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. 

The Oslo, Norway native is now the first man to win three different ATP titles in a row since former World No.1 Andy Murray completed a "hat trick" in 2011 having won Bangkok, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Ruud saved a match point earlier in the week, in the quarterfinals against Sweden's Mikael Ymer before reaching the final.

"I am shaking all over my body. It feels amazing,” Ruud told the ATP after the match. “I was very nervous at the end. I knew what I was playing for. Three in a row is something special. What a day to play the final, rain on and off all day. I’m just very excited and happy that these three weeks are over, and that I won all of them.” Rudd is projected to rise to a new career high of No. 12 in the ATP rankings with his triumph.

 

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