Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud became the first finalist of the United States Open, fourth and last ‘Grand Slam’, by defeating Russian Karen Kachanov in four sets on Friday by 7-6(5), 6-2, 5 -7, 6-2 after more than three hours of play.
Ruud, fifth favorite in New York, is already waiting for the winner of the second semifinal, which will face the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and the American Frances Tiafoe, and he will do so knowing that if the Murcian does not win, he will be the new number one in the world, no matter what. what happens in the final The first place in the ranking is already in their hands alone since for it to go to Rafa Nadal neither the Nordic nor the one from El Palmar had to reach the decisive match.
The Norwegian player, the first from his country to fight for the title in Flushing Meadows, confirmed in New York his great year 2022 where he already played a ‘Grand Slam’ final, at Roland Garros, where he was clearly defeated by the player from Manacor and now he will try to take advantage of his second chance after a game where, except for the first set and his ‘oversight’ in the third, he always gave the feeling of being more solid than Kachanov. 53 winners graced the runner-up stat in Paris.
Both exchanged breaks in the first round, first with the Russian replicating that of the Norwegian, and then the Norwegian, returning a more dangerous one to his rival with 4-3. Ruud also had to save a break point at 4-4 and finally took the set in tie-break (7/5).
That strengthened the fifth seed, who displayed his best tennis to take the second set without problems and put on track his pass to the final, which was complicated at times after losing the third with an inopportune break when he served to play a second ‘sudden death ‘. Kachanov, current Olympic runner-up, found a prize for his best tennis, but Ruud did not feel the blow and did not give more emotion with a fourth round, again very firm.
Source: Europa Press