Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud recently engaged in a lighthearted exchange centered around the events of the 2023 Ryder Cup, which featured Norwegian golfer Viktor Hovland. Their interaction has brought smiles to the faces of many tennis enthusiasts. The Ryder Cup kicked off on a high note on Friday with Team Europe establishing an early lead over Team USA.
The European team continued their impressive performance at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy, concluding Day 2 with a five-point advantage. Day 3 of the Ryder Cup witnessed Viktor Hovland’s outstanding performance, a moment that secured a crucial victory for Team Europe as he defeated American golfer Colin Morikawa with a score of 4 and 3.
Hovland’s triumph marked a significant turning point for the European team, that brought them victory. Rafael Nadal, known for his passion and skill for golf, took to social media to share a video showcasing Viktor Hovland’s exceptional Ryder Cup performance. In his social media post, Nadal playfully tagged Casper Ruud and asked if the Norwegian tennis star was “enjoying” watching their compatriot’s remarkable golfing skills.
Rafael Nadal captioned his Instagram story,” @casperruud … enjoying? 😉 @vikto_hovland.” In response, the Norwegian tennis star reshared Nadal’s post on his own Instagram story and expressed his enthusiasm with the words, “Let’s gooo @viktor_hovland.”
Fans amused by golfing camaraderie between Ruud and Nadal.
Both Nadal and Ruud have a shared love for golf. Their interaction caught the attention of tennis fans. One fan remarked that it was akin to a father and son bonding over the same sport apart from tennis, and stated, “Awe, they are having a father-son bonding over sports moment,” sharing the post of Ruud.
awe they are having a father-son bonding over sports moment pic.twitter.com/BFLoA7UUMR
— rey (@reysephone) October 1, 2023
Acknowledging this unique relationship, another fan echoed a similar reaction and humorously commented, “CASPER BEING RAFAS SON,” hinting that Nadal was the superior of the two in this sport as well.
CASPER BEING RAFAS SON PART 4738390 pic.twitter.com/fRwhOiBMzZ
— mimi🧍🏻♀️| autumn era ⁵⁵⁴ (@rafastefbaes) October 1, 2023
This exchange between Nadal and Ruud provided a heartwarming glimpse into their camaraderie beyond the tennis court. It was a delightful moment for the fans to see the fun interaction between two tennis stars.
Casper Ruud’s tough season continues
Carlos Alcaraz showed impressive skill as he defeated Casper Ruud in the China Open quarterfinals. He won with an easy scoreline of 6-4, 6-2, marking his 12th semifinal appearance this season. Furthermore, he also extended his unbeaten record against Ruud with a fourth straight win.
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) October 2, 2023
Casper Ruud, currently ranked 9th in the world, has struggled against top-10 players recently. His victories against lower-ranked opponents have often been hard-fought, indicating that he hasn’t been in top form this year compared to previous seasons when he reached Major finals three times.
The 24-year-old reached his first tour event quarterfinal stage since July’s Hamburg Open by winning a tough three-set match against Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the previous round of the China Open. He overcame Etcheverry with a score of 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(7) that lasted for nearly three hours on the court.