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31 clay-court wins in past year and counting; Casper Ruud reaches final in Buenos Aires

The 23-year-old has won more matches on clay than anyone in the past 52 weeks

Casper Ruud Argentina SF 2022 AI / Reuters / Panoramic

No one has won more matches on clay than Casper Ruud in the past year and the Norwegian was at it again on Saturday as he beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

The 23-year-old, who has won all six of his titles on clay – including five in 2021 – proved too consistent and too strong for Delbonis, who beat Juan Martin del Potro in what looks to have been the former US Open champion’s last ever match.

Ruud will face home favourite Diego Schwartzman in the final after he beat Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Ruud top of the pile on clay in past year

With five title wins on clay in the past 52 weeks, it’s no surprise that Ruud should be top of the pile in terms of matches won on the surface in that time period.

Ruud’s win over Delbonis was his 31st win on clay in the past year, to just five losses, putting him well clear of the next best, which is actually Delbonis himself, who took his tally to 26 this week.

Most wins on clay in past 52 weeks:
Casper Ruud: 31-5
Federico Delbonis: 26-15
Albert Ramos-Vinolas: 24-12
Stefanos Tsitsipas: 23-5
Rafael Nadal: 19-3
Novak Djokovic: 18-3

Ruud trails Schwartzman 5-2 in their head to head battles but did win their most recent match on clay. He has won all three of his clashes with Sonego, including a win on clay in Rome last year.

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