Young newcomer from Oslo Casper Ruud (*98 / NOR), son of former Norwegian Davis Cup player Christian Ruud, stunned many with his main draw semifinals qualification at the ATP 500 event in Brasilian Rio de Janeiro in the end of February 2017. He was even one point away from the finals qualification as he had a match point in the second set of his semifinals match against Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP), which he lost in 3 sets i the end. With this result, Casper, former ITF Junior #1, who won 2 features and 1 challenger event so far, scored the most remarkable result from all the promising players born in 1998 (also Duck Hee Lee, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Ulises Blanch among others) as up to today.
Photos below show Casper’s service during 2015 Orange Bowl. Even thought that his service was not that dominant back then, the most important basic characteristics of the Service 3.0 were already there at that time and they provided a solid base for further development/improvement. The most important among them is the proper understanding of the “follow through 1” with a well-executed (well-pronounced) targeted pronation.
This article is just a partial service analysis. More photos and detailed information about Casper’s service and his other strokes as well as about the strokes of many other top junior players are available upon request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com
Photos (December 2015) & text (February 2017) copyright by Dr. Martin G. Baroch