Ruud withdrew from the latest Australia Open due to an ankle injury but is now recovered. It was his first match at this year’s tournament in Buenos Aires.
“It feels good to play a match again,” Ruud said after the match. “I was a bit rusty, but I think I started well. Some mistakes here and there, a couple of breaks against me, but I was able to get them back. All in all it was a good way to go through.”
Four more matches on Thursday will complete the quarterfinals schedule.