The top seed from Norway, Casper Ruud crashed out in the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo as he struggles to find the form that took him to the US Open final a few weeks back.
Today I wasn’t able to bring my best level but it’s an experience and a situation I will try to learn from. Casper Ruud
The world number three lost to Spain’s Jaume Munar 6-3 6-3 in what was his second opening round loss in consecutive weeks having also fallen in his opener at last week’s Korea Open to Chilean Nicolas Jarry in three sets.
The Norwegian lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open final last month and has hardly given himself time to breathe playing in the Davis Cup and Laver Cup before heading to last week’s Korea Open.
It all caught up with him in Tokyo against the world No.58 who broke him twice in the first set as he continually netted his shots leading to him admitting after…