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Ruud retains Geneva Open title beating Sousa in 3-hour final

Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2022 - Day Six

ROME, ITALY - MAY 13: Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates defeating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the quarter finals on day six of Internazionali BNL D’Italia at Foro Italico on May 13, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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GENEVA - Casper Ruud retained his Geneva Open title by beating Joao Sousa 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (1) in the final.

One day before the French Open starts in Paris, eighth-ranked Ruud’s seventh career title on clay courts lifted his record in finals to 8-3.

The Norwegian has never been beyond the third round at Roland Garros. Ruud has been drawn in the first round against French fans’ favorite, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will retire after the tournament.

Ruud’s preparation was a three-hour match that was the longest three-set final on the ATP Tour this season.

He was a break of service down in the third set then recovered to create two match-point chances that he wasted before the tiebreaker.

“It was one of the craziest matches that I have ever played,” Ruud said.

Sousa was runner-up at Geneva for a second time, and his ranking will rise from No. 79 to No. 63.