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Ruud restores family pride at the French Open after almost 30 years

Family pride: Casper Ruud celebrates after victory against Felipe Meligeni Alves from Brazil (Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Family pride: Casper Ruud celebrates after victory against Felipe Meligeni Alves from Brazil (Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Casper Ruud restored some family pride at the French Open on Tuesday when he defeated Brazilian Felipe Meligeni Alves, whose uncle once stripped the Norwegian’s father of a tour title.

Ruud, second at Roland Garros for the past two years, defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

In the stands at Court Philippe Chatrier sat his father and coach Christian, a former top 40 player who reached just one final in his career.

That was in Bastad in 1995 when he lost to Fernando Meligeni.

“We were actually talking about it at breakfast,” said Norwegian seventh seed Ruud.

“My father lost the Bastad final once in his career, so he was never able to win an ATP tournament, and the man he lost to in the final was Felipe’s uncle.

‘I think both me and my father wanted to take revenge on the Meligeni family. It was worth the wait, I think. We had to wait many years, but today we got it.”

Meligeni ended his career with a 2-0 record over Christian Ruud, also beating the Norwegian in the second round of the 1997 US Open.

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