Ruud did not allow a single set to Berrettini and by advancing to the final, he can secure the position of world number one

Ruud did not allow a single set to Berrettini and by advancing to the final, he can secure the position of world number one
Ruud did not allow a single set to Berrettini and by advancing to the final, he can secure the position of world number one

Casper Ruud he was for a long time and perhaps still is considered by some to be a clay specialist. However, the native of Oslo has made huge progress on concrete since the beginning of last season. Last year, he made the quarterfinals of the Masters in Toronto and Cincinnati, won his first clay-court title in San Diego and played in the semifinals of the Masters. This year, he has a final at the Masters in Miami, a semi-final at an event of the same category in Montreal, and the day before yesterday he became the first Norwegian quarter-finalist at the US Open.

At Flushing Meadows, he dealt with Kyle Edmund, Tim van Rijthoven, Tommy Paul and lucky loser Corentin Moutet in succession on his way to his second Grand Slam quarterfinal. And in today’s match, he beat the former semi-finalist 6-1 6-4 7-6(4). Matteo Berrettini.

The currently seventh player in the world completely dominated the first half of the match and quickly took a 6-1 5-1 lead, with a single-digit number of unforced errors on his account. But then he started to mess up more and Berrettini got into the game. Although he won the second set on the second attempt, he let the Italian lead 4-1 and 5-2 in the third act. He avoided two set points on serve, eventually leveled the score and clearly had the upper hand in the tie-break.

Ruud thus also managed his second quarter-final at the big four companies. At this year’s French Open, he even made it to the final, where he was stopped by Rafael Nadal. In New York, he continues to fight for the world number one position, from which he can dethrone Daniil Medvedev.

Just one more win could be enough for him if Carlos Alcaraz does not advance to Sunday’s final. “The possibility of becoming world number one motivates me a little more. Of course, I would like to achieve that,” he said in a post-match interview on the court.

Ruud will play with Karen Chačanov (h2h 1-0), who succeeded in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam at the third attempt. The 26-year-old native of Moscow, after failures at Roland Garros 2019 and Wimbledon 2021, is celebrating his first promotion to the top four at the US Open, where he won 7-5 4-6 7-5 4-6 6-4 after a five-set battle one hour after midnight. Nick Kyrgios and avenged his defeat from the Australian Open 2022. The Australian was unable to follow up on the previous scalp of world number one Daniil Medvedev.

“It was a crazy match. An almost four-hour battle. Nick played a great tie-break in the fourth set, but I was able to get back into the game quickly and a break at the beginning of the fifth set helped me win,” rejoiced Khačanov, who overpowered his opponent and at the same time dealt with adverse audiences.

Already after the round of 16, it was clear that the US Open would recognize a new Grand Slam champion. This year’s Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios, who was playing in great form, was aware of the loss of a great chance for success in life and smashed his rackets in anger after being eliminated.

The other two quarter-finals will be played on Wednesday. Jannik Sinner will face Carlos Alcaraz and Andrej Rublyov will face Frances Tiafoe, the sensational defeater of Rafael Nadal, who can still return to the tennis throne.

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Tuesday’s results (6/9/2022)
• Singles – quarterfinals •
Ruud (5-Nor.) – Berrettini (13-It.) 6-1 6-4 7-6(4)
Khachanov (27-Russia) – Kyrgios (23-Austria) 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4

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