Casper Ruud won US Open semifinal against Karen Khachanov
In his US Open semifinal encounter against Karen Khachanov, Casper Ruud won with a score of 7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on Friday. This victory earned him a spot in his second Grand Slam championship match of the year.
When it was over, fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium yelled out his name, “Ruuuuud!” in a way that seemed more like booing than a salute.
The 23-year-old Norwegian Ruud, who finished second to Rafael Nadal at the French Open in June, may climb from No. 7 to No. 1 in the rankings if he wins the title on Sunday at Flushing Meadows.
Casper Ruud stated, “After Roland Garros, I was, of course, incredibly delighted, but also humble enough to realise that might be my career’s lone final.
Well, here he is, just a few months later, back at that point. He will compete against Spain’s No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Frances Tiafoe in Friday’s later semifinal despite the latter’s heroic efforts.
The victor of the Sunday final will replace Daniil Medvedev as the new No. 1 man in the world, replacing the 2021 US Open champion.
In that round in New York, all four of the men’s semifinalists were competing for the first time. When it absolutely had to, in 1881—the first year of what was then known as the United States—that had not occurred at the event. Championships.
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The game plan against the 31st-ranked Khachanov, a 6-foot-6 Russian with a powerful serve who eliminated Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios in five sets in the quarterfinals, worked flawlessly for the majority of the day under the guidance of Ruud’s father, former professional player Christian.
Casper Ruud would position far behind the baseline to return, then try to control exchanges from there in order to lessen the impact of Khachanov’s serves. For side-to-side defence, Ruud had faultless footwork. He also recognised opportunities to deliver deep groundstrokes that could score.
He occasionally displayed brilliance, as evidenced by the over-the-shoulder volley winner that gave him a 6-3 tiebreaker lead. On Ruud’s third chance to end the set, the decisive point of the game was scored shortly after.
It culminated in a down-the-line backhand by Casper Ruud that drew a netted forehand in return and lasted 75 seconds longer than the second-longest rally of these entire two weeks.
His father grinned. His child extended his right hand’s two fingers while raising both arms. It might have only been the index finger to represent No. 1, which might soon appear next to his name.
Though he hated to lose it, Khachanov couldn’t think of a 55-shot rally in his career. Despite this, he was originally inspired by his performance at the end of the set.
He remarked, “I was excited in a way that we had this long rally, we were moving both. I felt like, ‘OK, it’s a tough one to lose a set with this point.’ On the other side I felt like, ‘OK, now we’re moving a lot, let’s keep on going.'”
In the second set, Ruud broke to take the lead 2-1 and was nearly there. After Khachanov made a late comeback to add a little intrigue to the match, Ruud broke to take the lead 2-1 in the fourth game by smashing a down-the-line forehand winner from the doubles lane.
Casper Ruud, a professional tennis player from Norway, was born on December 22, 1998. Ruud is the highest-ranked tennis player from Norway in history according to his career-high singles rating of No. 5, attained on June 13, 2022. Eight of his nine ATP Tour singles victories—which he has earned—have come on clay surfaces.
As of the 2022 French Open, Ruud is the first Norwegian male to have won an ATP singles championship, advanced to a major final, advanced to a Masters 1000 final, and reached the top 10 of the ATP rankings. He has a career-high world No. 133 ranking in doubles, which he attained after making it to the 2021 Wimbledon Championships quarterfinals.
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In the boys’ singles tournament of the 2015 French Open, Casper Ruud fell to Corentin Denolly in the third round. His best singles results in the corresponding Junior Grand Slam events came in the 2015 US Open boys’ singles third round and 2015 Wimbledon boys’ singles second round.
Casper Ruud and partner Miomir Kecmanovi advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles competition before falling to eventual champions L Hoang Nam and Sumit Nagal.
In the opening round of the 2015 US Open Boys’ Doubles, they were defeated. 2016 French Open Boys’ Doubles semifinalist Casper Ruud and Kecmanovi were defeated by Youssef Hossam and Jurabek Karimov.
Christian Ruud, a former collegiate and professional tennis player, is the father of Ruud. He has two sisters. Rafael Nadal was his tennis hero as a young boy growing up in Baerum’s Snarya neighbourhood.
Casper Ruud competed in the qualifying round of the Australian Open in 2018 and earned a spot in his maiden Grand Slam. He became the first Norwegian to do it in 17 years, qualifying for a Grand Slam main event. He defeated Quentin Halys in the opening round before falling to Diego Schwartzman in the following round.
At the Rio Open, he would lose to Schwartzman once more. Later in the season, he continued to play well, reaching two ATP Challenger finals in a span of two weeks. The first match was in Francavilla al Mare against the Italian Gianluigi Quinzi, and the second was in the Braga Open two weeks later against Pedro Sousa.
Casper Ruud continued to play well a few weeks later and, after advancing through the qualifiers without dropping a set, earned his first-ever spot in the French Open main event. He overcame Jordan Thompson in the opening round to duplicate his success from the Australian Open. In the next round, he was defeated by Albert Ramos Violas.
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When he defeated reigning champion and former world No. 3 David Ferrer in straight sets at the 2018 Swedish Open in July, he recorded his biggest career victory to date. Later same year, Ruud successfully completed the qualifying to earn a spot in the US Open for the first time without dropping a set. In the first round, he was defeated by Guido Pella.
Casper Ruud struggled to maintain his form after the summer, but he completed the year by making the semifinals of three straight Challenger Tournaments, which helped him finish the year at No. 112, just shy of his career best ATP position.