The Internazionali BNL d'Italia is the ATP Masters 1000 event Casper Ruud has performed best in. On Sunday, the Norwegian's assurance at the Foro Italico helped him defeat Alexander Bublik in a thrilling third-round match.
Bublik, a charismatic Kazakh, won the crowd over with his unique style of shotmaking and shot selection. However, Ruud proved unflappable in crunch time, winning 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(0) to advance to the fourth round of a tournament where the 24-year-old has twice reached the semifinals.
The two engaged in a long, friendly conversation at the net after the thrilling match. As Bublik left the court, the spectators began to chant his name.