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Ruud beats Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for biggest career title a week after loss in Monte Carlo

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Ruud beats Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for biggest career title a week after loss in Monte Carlo
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Ruud beats Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for biggest career title a week after loss in Monte Carlo

2024-04-22 02:38 Last Updated At:02:41

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Casper Ruud took his revenge against Stefanos Tsitsipas by winning the Barcelona Open final in straight sets on Sunday for his biggest career title, a week after losing to the Greek in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

Ruud won 7-5, 6-3 for his first title of the season after losing the three other finals he played this year.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a shot to Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Casper Ruud took his revenge against Stefanos Tsitsipas by winning the Barcelona Open final in straight sets on Sunday for his biggest career title, a week after losing to the Greek in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

Casper Ruud of Norway serves to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway serves to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway poses with the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway poses with the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

“Honestly, this has been worth the wait,” Ruud said after the triumph in Barcelona. “A lot of finals that I’ve lost have been tough, a bit disappointing, of course. Any time you reach a final, it’s nonetheless a good week, so you can’t be too hard on yourself, but this one has been a long time coming."

Seventh-ranked Tsitsipas had comfortably won in straight sets in Monte Carlo but this time Ruud prevailed, converting three of the six break points he earned.

“I’m super happy to do it here in Barcelona in front of a packed stadium and on Rafa Nadal Court," the sixth-ranked Ruud said. "It’s special to me because I looked up to him (Nadal) all my childhood, came here myself as a 13-year-old boy to watch him and the others play here. It’s a great feeling.”

Ruud is eyeing next month’s French Open after finishing runner-up at Roland Garros last year, one of three Grand Slam finals he has lost.

The 25-year-old Norwegian snapped a 10-match winning streak for Tsitsipas, who was 10-0 on clay this season and was seeking his 12th career title. Tsitsipas had lost all three of his previous Barcelona finals — in 2018, 2021 and 2023.

It was the 11th career title for Ruud, and the 10th on clay. His last title had been in Estoril in April 2023.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a shot to Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a shot to Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway serves to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway serves to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway returns the ball to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway poses with the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway poses with the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after losing to Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece Casper Ruud of Norway during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Casper Ruud of Norway lifts the trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, 7-5, 6-3 during the final of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

BURTON, England (AP) — Marcus Rashford was left out of England’s provisional squad for the European Championship on Tuesday.

The Manchester United striker has paid the price for a disappointing season at club level and failed to make the cut for Gareth Southgate’s initial 33-man selection.

Jordan Henderson and Reece James were also left out.

“These are difficult calls, you are talking about players who are very good players who have been an important part of what we have done,” Southgate said. “With Marcus, I feel players in the same area of the pitch have had better seasons, it’s as simple as that.”

Rashford was arguably the biggest name to be omitted — especially after enjoying a career-best campaign two seasons ago when he scored 34 goals for club and country.

It has been a different story over the past year when he has managed just eight goals for a United team that suffered its lowest-ever Premier League finish — eighth.

He responded later on Instagram to say he was “Wishing Gareth and the boys all the best" for the Euros.

The squad will eventually be reduced to 26 players on June 8, with the Euros kicking off in Germany on June 14.

Rashford’s United teammate Kobbie Mainoo was selected after an outstanding breakthrough season and Chelsea forward Cole Palmer was also included.

Palmer was likely one of the forward options Southgate referred to when explaining Rashford’s omission after he scored 22 Premier League goals in his first season at Chelsea — a record only bettered by Erling Haaland.

Henderson and James were also notable omissions.

Former Liverpool captain Henderson misses out after his decision to leave Anfield for the oil-rich Saudi Arabian league last year, while James’ absence comes on the back of an injury-plagued campaign for Chelsea.

Henderson has remained a part of England’s set up despite his controversial decision to join Al-Ettifaq. He left after just six months and completed a move to Dutch giant Ajax, but a muscle injury late in the season convinced Southgate to leave him out.

“Hendo has given himself every chance. The determining factor is the injury he picked up around the last camp. He’s missed five weeks,” Southgate said. “He hasn’t been able to get to the intensity in the games since then.”

James, who missed the Qatar World Cup because of a knee injury, has struggled with his fitness for much of the past season and played only 11 games.

Liverpool’s Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones were called up for the first time, as well as Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton.

Southgate said United defender Luke Shaw is “up against it” to prove his fitness after an injury-disrupted season.

“This has been as complicated a group as I can remember picking, and we’ve had quite a few complicated ones,” the England manager said.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley)

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), James Maddison (Tottenham), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

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FILE - England's Marcus Rashford sits on the field during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Rashford was left out of England’s provisional squad for the European Championship on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr, File)

FILE - England's Marcus Rashford sits on the field during the World Cup group B soccer match between England and Wales, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Rashford was left out of England’s provisional squad for the European Championship on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr, File)

England manager Gareth Southgate during a press conference at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent after England's training squad was announced ahead of Euro 2024 soccer tournament, Tuesday May 21, 2024. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

England manager Gareth Southgate during a press conference at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent after England's training squad was announced ahead of Euro 2024 soccer tournament, Tuesday May 21, 2024. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks during a press conference at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent after England's training squad was announced ahead of Euro 2024 soccer tournament, Tuesday May 21, 2024. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

England manager Gareth Southgate speaks during a press conference at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent after England's training squad was announced ahead of Euro 2024 soccer tournament, Tuesday May 21, 2024. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

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