Against the odds and with a demonstration of admirable character, Casper Ruud surprised Andrey Rublev and on Saturday he will play the semifinals of the ATP Finals in Turin. The 22-year-old Norwegian and world number eight, one of four debutants this year in the tournament, came back and beat the Russian in the third set tiebreaker (2-6, 7-5 and 7-6 (5) in 2h23)hence will face Daniil Medvedev on Saturday for a place in the final. The other will be played between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.
Ruud’s victory had double merit because until now he had lost all four matches played against Rublev, in which he had added only one set, the first of his face to face. The first tennis player from his country to compete in the Masters got up after a bad first set and little by little changed the dynamics of the match until it was so much in his favor that he was two points away from winning it before, in the third set when he dominated 5-4 with 15-30 in his favor It is also true that he had previously had to recover from a break and that in the second set he was on the verge of losing serve at 3-3.
Resistance is what gave Ruud the victory in a match with quite a few errors on both sides, in which the winner’s response to the rather weak second serves of his rival was important, as he lost 18 points on them in important moments. The serve did not help the Rafa Nadal Academy disciple either.although the victory was certified with an ace, while the player trained by Fernando Vicente, 25 years old and 5th in the ranking, did well with first (84% of points won).
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