After a semi-final that he dominated head and shoulders, Casper Ruud got the better of Andrey Rublev in two sets and qualified for his first ATP Masters final, with Novak Djokovic who will be his opponent this Sunday for the title.
After Roland-Garros and the US Open, Casper Ruud will play in the Masters final. For this, the world number 4 got the better of Andrey Rublev in a semi-final that has long been one-sided. Indeed, if the two players did not tremble during their first two servings, the Norwegian then raised his voice. On the first break point of the match, Casper Ruud was able to take the service of the Russian, confirming the advantage on a shutout in stride.
Feeling his opponent drop off after a convincing start to the match, the number 3 seed of this Turin Masters did not reduce the pressure and made him give in again. Again imperial on break point, Casper Ruud led five games to two, then engaging for the win of this first set. What was done in an authoritative way, with a second game won white in a row on his service and after only 33 minutes.
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Rublev woke up too late to surprise Ruud
On the strength of four games won in a row, Casper Ruud did not cut his effort. Always showing himself as surgical on break points, the world number 4 put Andrey Rublev’s head a little more under water. Indeed, taking twice in a row the service of his opponent, the Norwegian pushed his series to eight consecutive games having turned to his advantage. With such an ascendancy, Casper Ruud let the games go by without being in danger but also without putting Andrey Rublev in difficulty.
Like his success this Friday against Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Russian did not give up and was able to shoot from a tight spot from his opponent, then serving to conclude the meeting. Clearing one of his two late breaks, the world number 7 instilled doubt in the mind of Casper Ruud, following with a shutout to get closer to his opponent. However, the Norwegian immediately replied when serving a second time for the game. On a final shutout, Casper Ruud sealed the fate of this meeting (6-2, 6-4 in 1h10′) and will be Novak Djokovic’s opponent for a highly anticipated final.