Casper Ruud Set to Challenge Novak Djokovic in the French Open Final 2023

2023-06-09 21:13:43

Casper Ruud (ATP 4) will have another chance to win his first Grand Slam after his failures in the final last year at the US Open and Roland-Garros. The Norwegian, without being impressive, showed remarkable solidity to get rid of Alexander Zverev (22) 6-3 6-4 6-0 and thus join Novak Djokovic (3) – Carlos Alcaraz (1) – in the final on Sunday (to follow from 3 p.m. on RTS 2).

Yet in difficulty since the start of the 2023 financial year (a single title won, in the ATP 250 in Estoril) the 24-year-old Norwegian had so far not confirmed these exploits signed in 2022. But he felt and knew he was capable of repeating them, even claiming to be a better player than 12 months earlier. It is now done.

Casper Ruud showed great solidity against Alexander Zverev. Especially in the most important moments: the Norwegian converted 6 of the 10 break points he got in this long part of 2h09, the German contenting himself for his part with a very meager 1/9 in this statistical.

4-0 pour Djokovic

I tried not to think too much on the court, not to get carried away by emotions“, dropped Casper Ruud, who would not have imagined playing a 2nd consecutive final at Porte d’Auteuil when he landed 2 weeks ago. “When I arrived, I just wanted to take the matches one after the other“, he assured.

Casper Ruud will play the most important Sunday, in the shoes of the outsider, against a Novak Djokovic who will aim for a historic 23rd Grand Slam title. He lost the four duels against the Serb, the most recent in the final of the last ATP Masters. But the pressure will be much less on his shoulders.


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