For Rudd, the last quartet in a Grand Slam tournament is the first. He is also the first Norwegian citizen to reach this far. For a ticket to the final, the 23-year-old Norwegian will compete with Croatian Marin Cilic, 10 years her senior, the 2014 US Open winner, who was ranked third in the world and is now number 23.
For this version of Roland Garros, Ruud would not have made it past the 1/8 final at a Grand Slam tournament. Meanwhile, the former world No. 1 player in the junior category has achieved all the firsts for his country: first Norwegian in the top ten, first to win an ATP title, first in the Masters 1000 final (beginning of April in Miami) and first in the Masters (2021). ).
Rudd went to Paris with confidence, because last week he won the clay championship in Geneva.
Against the Danish teenager Ron (19), he showed his regularity: he scored 54 wins and made only 24 direct faults. Ron reached the same number of winners, but faced 46 outright fouls.
Ron ran a great course in Paris anyway. The youngster only entered the Top 100 in January and has never won a Grand Slam match for Roland Garros (in two attempts: the US Open 2021 and the Australian Open 2022). Here he beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP-4) in the previous round. French clay suits him, in 2019 Ron triumphed in the juniors.
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