Ruud vs. Novak
By - bbc82
Norwegian newspapers taking a page out of the Reddit textbook.
/r/tennis lurkers right there.
Denis Novak played a strong game against Casper. Ruud goes through as the top 15 player should, but Novak seems to have played at a close level that is beyond his ranking. I would say he looked liked a 50-100 player with more work to do in his net and volley, approach play - transition game.
Denis Novak could have benefited from some drop shots and so forth, with Ruud playing way back behind the baseline - but Novak certainly gave him trouble at times on the baseline rallies.
Ruud's wide slice or kick serve and one-two punch across the court the other way with fantastic placement is impressive and tough to handle.