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Ruud gets his first win over Nadal (OK, it was only an exhibition)

Ruud beat Nadal for the first time in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday night

Casper Ruud exhibition AI / Reuters / Panoramic

When you’re trying to get a first win over a legend, then they all count, even if it is an exhibition match.

After his loss to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final and at the ATP Finals, and three other exhibition defeats, Casper Ruud finally got a W on the board when he beat the Spaniard 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth match of their exhibition series in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday night.

The altitude may have helped – Quito is 2,850m above sea level – and it seems Ruud even managed one serve at 240kmph (149mph), well above his usual serving speed at sea level.

Ruud, who has trained at Nadal’s academy in Mallorca, was so excited that he even tested out a bit of Spanish on the crowd.

The pair, who previously played each other in Chile (where Nadal won), will now move on to more exhibition events in Bogota and Mexico City, having also joined former stars Gabriela Sabatini and Gisela Dulko for a mixed doubles in Buenos Aires.

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