Ranking Top 10 ATP players yet to win a Major: Casper Ruud

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Three-time major finalist Casper Ruud is number three on the countdown. Ruud, primarily a clay court specialist, has turned heads with his deep results on hard courts and has spent the last three years as one of the best players on tour. Similar to Ons Jabeur, Ruud has made three major finals in the last eight majors but has yet to cross the final hurdle.

After steady progress in his first years on tour, Casper Ruud made a jump in 2021. That year, Ruud won five titles, including three in the month of July. By virtue of these results and some solid showings at bigger tournaments, Ruud entered the top ten for the first time and qualified for the ATP finals.

In 2022, Ruud shocked the tennis world by reaching the finals of the French Open and the US Open. After some less-than-stellar results at the beginning of 2023, Ruud again reached the finals of the French Open. He remains in the top ten and likely will remain in the upper echelon of the game for many more years.

Why isn’t Casper Ruud higher on the list?

Ruud has made it to the finals of three majors in the last two years. He also was a finalist at last year’s ATP Tour Finals. That being said, Ruud has never won a tournament at larger than the 250 level. Besides his three runs to major finals, Ruud has never made it past the 4th round at any other major tournament. The two players that are above him on this list have also made it to at least one major final and have won multiple Masters 1000 titles.

Casper Ruud is only 25 years old. He has established himself as one the best active players on tour, especially on clay and slower hard courts. Ruud has certainly shown he has the skills to go far in big tournaments. However, given that he’s never won even a 500-level event, it is hard to list him as a likely major winner at the moment.

Likelihood to Win a Major: Possible

Top Ten Countdown So Far

Number 10 – Richard Gasquet

Number 9 – Karen Khachanov

Number 8 – Nick Kyrgios

Number 7 – Jannik Sinner

Number 6 – Andrey Rublev

Number 5 – Matteo Berrettini

Number 4 – Grigor Dimitrov

Number 3 – Casper Ruud

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