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Ruud eyes Aussie Open triumph after ATP Finals defeat to Djokovic

Casper Ruud has turned his attention to January’s Australian Open after losing in the ATP Finals decider to Novak Djokovic in Turin, Italy last night.

The Norwegian lost the season-ending finale to the Serb 7-5, 6-3 but he insists he has had a good year.

Ruud is aiming to start the new year on a winning note at the Australian Open, which starts on January 16 in Melbourne, as there will be some focus on him after a successful 2022.

“I look forward to going to Australia and starting a new season. I look forward to playing best-of-five sets again. I think for the Australian Open I can say I’m already hungry to have a good result and let’s see how next year plays out,” he said at a press conference last night.

“I mean, I don’t play tennis because I want the media to write good (things) about me or write that I won or whatever. I play because I love competing. I love to try to win. That’s what I have to focus on.”

Ruud believes 2022 was a positive surprise despite several final losses and claims he still has not reached his full potential.

The 23-year-old has had a solid year: he reached his first Masters 1000 final at the Miami Open before making it to the French Open and US Open finals.

“Overall, if you gave me the offer to end the year at No. 3, play the finals that I’ve played, on 1st January this year, I would probably sign the contract right away. No doubt about it,” Ruud added.

“I feel like, of course, I’ve been playing great tennis this year, but I still feel like I haven’t maybe peaked or played hopefully my best tennis of my life so far.”

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