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A three-hour battle in the final in Geneva. Casper Rudd did not return the title

Casper Rudd defended his ATP 250 title in Geneva. And in the final on Saturday, the Norwegian won with Joao Sousa after more than three hours of duel and ended with a tiebreaker in the third set.

Marcin Mutica

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Casper Rudd was the favorite for the ATP Final in Geneva. The Norwegian, the second seed, had to get a solid job in the victory over Joao Sousa. In the end, after three hours and one minute of fierce competition, the tennis player from Oslo won 7:6 (3), 4:6, 7:6 (1) and retained his title at the Gonet Geneva Open.

From the very first moments of the match, ambitious combatant Souza was a tough opponent for Rudd. In the first set, the Norwegian was already ahead by 5:3, but the victory was won only in the tiebreak. In the second match, the breakthrough of the Portuguese with a score of 2: 2 turned out to be decisive.

In the third installment, emotions reached their climax. Sousa led 5-3, but then Rudd chased after. The Norwegian went out in the 6:5 minute, and in the twelfth match, he played two matches, but missed opportunities. It was again a tiebreaker, as the tennis player from Oslo dominated the events on the court and won 7-1.

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“It was one of the craziest games I’ve played,” Rudd revealed in an on-court interview. – We both had ups and downs. Souza was on the verge of winning, but everything changed. But this is tennis. I have to say to Joao that he put in a great performance and that’s why this win is so important to me – he added.

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The 23-year-old clinched his eighth ATP title and second of the season after winning in Buenos Aires in February. For winning at the Gonet Geneva Open, he will get 250 standings points and 81.3 thousand. Financial reward in euros.

In turn, the 33-year-old Souza suffered his eighth defeat in the twelfth final of the main series. The Portuguese will leave Geneva richer with 150 “eyes” and 47.4 thousand. euro.

In the doubles final, top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Pablo Andujar/Matoi Middelkop 2:6, 6:2, 10-3 and won their eleventh and second joint title in 2022. Overall, for the 33-year-old Mektic, This is his 19th ATP Tour victory, and 28-year-old Pavic – 28.

Jeunet Geneva Open, Geneva (Switzerland)
ATP 250, clay courts, total prize money 534.5 thousand. euro
Saturday May 21

individual final:

Casper Ruud (Norway, 2) – Joao Sousa (Portugal) 7:6 (3), 4:6, 7:6 (1)

Doubles final:

Nikola Micic (Croatia, 1) / Mate Pavic (Croatia, 1) v Pablo Andojar (Spain) / Matoy Middelkopp (Netherlands) 2-6, 6-2, 10-3

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