Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud revealed that if he could score one tennis score it would be the outcome of the 2012 Australian Open. In 2012, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met in one of the most epic Grand Slam finals in the 21st century.
After five hours and 53 minutes, Djokovic edged out Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5. Ruud, who was just 14 at the time, sat in front of his TV and rooted for his idol Nadal. Ruud was so heartbroken over Nadal’s defeat that he felt “sad for days.”
Ruud on Nadal’s 2012 Australian Open final defeat
“I think I can say for Rafa. I wish I could change one result in the history of tennis and I don’t know if he’ll be angry or happy for me saying this. It’s not the Roland Garros final this year because it was not a very close match but Rafa’s Australian Open loss in 2012 against Novak.
I was probably even sadder than himself because that was watching six hours of TV and hoping Rafa would win and then it was probably one of the best matches ever. I think for days, I was still sad about the loss for him and I still wish today that he could have won.
This might bring back bad memories for him, but this is something I wish I could change and still believe,” Ruud said, as quoted on Sportskeeda. Interestingly, Ruud clashed against Nadal for the first time in his first Grand Slam final.
At this year’s French Open, Ruud made his maiden Grand Slam final. Unfortunately for Ruud, he didn’t stand much of a chance against Nadal as the Spaniard claimed a dominant 6-3 6-3 6-0 win to claim a record 14th French Open title. Ruud was also beaten by Nadal a week ago at the ATP Finals.