World No. 2 Casper Ruud got Team Europe off to a winning start at Friday’s Laver Cup, beating Team World’s Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 in the first game of the three-day event.
The Norwegian, who won his only clash at the tournament last year, quickly found his reach on the clay courts.
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The 23-year-old hit his groundstrokes with consistency in the first set as he beat the American in the longer exchanges. He then recovered from a dip in the late stages of the second set and kept his nerves in the Match Tie break to triumph in their first ATP Head-to-Head encounter after one hour and 49 minutes.
The world No. 2 has now won eight of his past nine matches after progressing to his second Grand Slam final at the US Open earlier this month.
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