(Casper Ruud-Andrej Rubljov 2–6, 7–5, 7–6 (7–5)) Casper Ruud (22) won a thriller against Andrej Rubljov in the prestigious ATP playoffs. World runner-up Daniil Medvedev awaits in the semifinals.
The other three semi-finalists are all previous winners of the ATP play-offs and number one, two and three in the world. In the second semifinal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev meet.
– I have been a bit lucky with margins on my side. Tomorrow will be the biggest match of my career. I have to play my best to have a chance, says Ruud about the semifinal against three-year-old Medvedev.
Superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are missing from the tournament.
– It’s a big day for me in my career. This year has been special. I do not quite know how I managed it. But it goes very fast here, and I got some good returns that became important, says the Norwegian at the arena in Turin.
The semi-final will be played on Saturday at 14.00 and will be broadcast on Eurosport and Discovery +.
Once again, Casper Ruud rose sharply after a heavy start. The decision fell in tiebreak in the third and decisive set. The decisive ball was a rushing serveess.
The eight best players meet in the ATP playoffs at the end of the season.
– This is completely wild. I sit here with tears in the corner of my eye, says tennis expert Ola Bentzen in the Eurosport studio.
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Ruud has lost his two previous matches against Daniil Medvedev.
The Olympic champion in mixed doubles Rublyov already broke to 2-1 in the first set, and the Russian followed up by winning his own serve game to 3-1. Then Rublyov broke on to 4-1 and also led 5-1 before the set ended 6-2.
– He is driving around with Casper right now, states Eurosport commentator Christer Francke.
– But it can quickly turn around in other sets.
The audience did not hide their sympathy for Casper Ruud, but Rubljov broke to 2-1 in the second set as well. But then the Norwegian hit back and broke to 2-2. Rublyov was annoyed at losing his first serve game and threw the racket to the ground.
Ruud took the lead 3-2, and a frustrated Russian barely managed to keep his serve game to 3-3. Norway’s tennis profile also had to struggle to keep the serve game, but took the lead 4-3.
The players won their serve games on to a 6-5 lead to Ruud. Then the Norwegian managed to break and equalize to 1-1 in sets.
At 2-2 in the third set, Rublyov managed to break to 3-2. Should it be decisive for the match? No! Casper Ruud broke right back to 3-3!
The players managed to keep their serve games to 6-6 before it was ready for the tiebreak. There Ruud broke first and then knocked in a serveess to 5-3. Then he broke again to 6-4 and Ruud had two match balls.
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Casper Ruud was ahead with one win against Cameron Norrie and one loss for Novak Djokovic in the ATP playoffs.
It started smoothly before world number one Djokovic overtook Casper Ruud in the second set in Turin. The set numbers were 6-7 and 2-6.
After Stefanos Tsitsipas had to withdraw from the tournament in Turin due to an elbow injury, the British Norrie came in as a reserve in Ruud’s group. The Norwegian won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The winner of Friday’s duel will face world number two Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. The Russian beat the reserve Jannik Sinner 6-0, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (8). Sinner took the place of compatriot Matteo Berrettini, who had to give up after an injury in the opening match against Alexander Zverev.