Ruud looking to end up on top
Casper Ruud is hoping to end 2021 with the most title successes on the ATP Tour, having claimed his fifth tournament victory in the final of the San Diego Open.
The Norwegian dismantled Briton Cameron Norrie 6-0 6-2 to seal his latest success and he is now priced at 50/1 to go on and claim his first Grand Slam title at next year's Australian Open.
Ruud making major impression
It has been a breakthrough season for Ruud, who prior to this year had only won one title on the ATP Tour.
His latest success in San Diego means he has now triumphed in more tournaments than anyone else in 2021, sitting one ahead of players such as Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.
It would be fun to end the year with the most titles, I cannot lie about that.Casper Ruud
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The 22-year-old admits he would gladly swap his triumphs in ATP 250 events for the Grand Slam successes of Djokovic and Medvedev, but he is also keen to end the season with the most titles to his name.
"It's a fun thing to say it, but obviously Daniil and Novak have bigger titles, so I wouldn't mind switching up with them if I had an opportunity," Ruud told reporters. "It would be fun to end the year with the most titles, I cannot lie about that."
Finals record perfect
Ruud will now be looking to add another title at this week's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, having successfully extended his winning run in finals so far this year to five out of five.
He added: "This year I've been perfect in finals, five of five and playing against good players in all of them."
Dominic Thiem triumphed in Indian Wells when the tournament was last staged back in 2019.