I don’t think he was going to realistically trouble Thiem anyway, so it’s not bad to get an SF point haul here.Good start of the match, but Casper was just too tired here to challenge a player like Rublev. I think Casper made a mistake to play in Hamburg after an excellent run in Rome. He will already have to play on Monday in RG, first round should be ok, but his second round, possibly against Tommy Paul might be very difficult after 2 long weeks of tennis and if ever he would reach the third round in RG, Dominic Thiem will destroy him.
I think, he really improved his backhand if we compare it from the one he had 18 months ago. It is not a weapon but it is a decent one. Of course, when he will play against top guys like Rublev, his backhand will always be exposed. I guess Caspar can still improve a bit and enter in the top 20 (he will be 25 after Hamburg) and be one of the top 10 players of the world on clay.Ruud will never win something significant unless he drastically improves his backhand. It's dog shit.
Rublev was solid, but should lose in the final to Stefanos.