Ruud beats Rune and is in the Roland Garros semifinals

06/08/2023 at 00:28


The Norwegian won the Scandinavian quarterfinal duel against Rune in four sleeves

Rafa Nadal’s pupil will now face Zverev for a place in the final

History was repeated in the Scandinavian duel in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, in which, like last year, also in the night shift, the Norwegian Casper Ruud stopped the fiery Danish Hoger Rune, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the prestigious French tennis tournament for the second consecutive year.

His last obstacle for the second final will be the German Alexander Zverevwho will chain a third consecutive semifinal after defeating Argentine Tomás Etcheverry, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4.

It will be the first duel between the two in Grand Slam, also the first in clay, the Norwegian’s favorite surfacewho in the last face-to-face with the German achieved his only victory in four confrontations.

A game that will be somewhat overshadowed by the other semifinal, which will oppose the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, number 1 in the world, with the Serbian Novak Djokovicwho is looking for his third crown and his twenty-third big.

Ruud, fourth racket in the world, managed to unseat one of the tennis players in better shape during the tour of the ground, who entered the center court in Paris visibly nervous and off-center, for which He hardly resisted the Norwegian’s consistent and solid tennis.

Two days after having survived the assault of the Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo in an intense “super tie break”, Rune showed immaturity in search of the first semifinal of a great.

The first two sets fell like ripe apples, between the usual gestures of the Dane, invisible in tennis but very eccentric in his attitude.

Thirty unforced errors served a Ruud on a platter the first two sleeves that he immediately forgot the defeat that Rune gave him in their recent duel in Rome, the only previous one in five games.

The night seemed to languish when the Dane found himself with the first breaking balls since the ones he had had at the start of the matcha perspective of extending the duel that woke up the stands and overheated the young 20-year-old tennis player.

Looser, Rune began to spin his tennis, placed 3-0 kept his rival at bay to get closer on the scoreboard.

In the midst of the revelry, the world number 4 managed to find the serenity of his game in the face of the madness of the rival and placed himself with an advantage in the midst of Rune’s crazy offensiveswhich gave the game greater visibility, but which were ineffective.