Prime seed and defending champion Casper Ruud got here from a set all the way down to beat second seed Matteo Berrettini Four-6, 7-6 (7/Four), 6-2 in a top quality last of the clay-court ATP occasion in Gstaad on Sunday.
It marked a ninth profession title for Ruud – 4 of them coming in Switzerland – and his third of the yr following successes in Geneva and Buenos Aires, additionally on clay.
“There’s a massive story right here with Roger Federer, who’s a reference for me and a variety of gamers on this planet,” mentioned Ruud after the match which stretched simply over two and a half hours.
“Switzerland is a rustic with a variety of historical past now in tennis, profitable a variety of Grand Slams with Roger and Stan (Wawrinka) the final 18 or 19 years.
“So it has been an inspiration to everybody all over the world, together with myself, that they can come from a small nation, kind of like Norway. All the things about Switzerland jogs my memory somewhat bit about Norway.”
The French Open finalist dropped the opener however battled again to take the Italian world quantity 15 to a tiebreak for the second set.
Ruud misplaced the opening level on serve however then discovered his forehand clicking into gear as he took the following 5 factors, the primary signal of Berrettini’s service wavering.
The world quantity 5 closed out the tiebreak 7-Four to degree the match and take it right into a decider.
The 23-year-old Norwegian then powered by means of the ultimate set, breaking the 2018 champion twice to take the decider 6-2.
Berrettini, enjoying his first occasion since having to withdraw from Wimbledon with Covid, was bidding to win his third straight title after wins on grass at Queen’s and in Stuttgart.
Ruud takes a Three-2 lead within the their head-to-head document.