US Open: Casper Ruud downs Matteo Berrettini to make first New York semi-final
New York, New York - Casper Ruud of Norway booked his place in the semi-finals of the US Open with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) defeat of Italy's Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.
Ruud was at the top of his game in the opening two sets, taking the first inside half an hour, but Berrettini made a contest of the third.
Indeed, the Italian athlete at one stage had two set points, having taken a 5-2 advantage.
Yet Ruud, who did not require a single ace in this match, clawed both back to hold his serve and immediately broke to swing the momentum in his favor once more.
Berrettini had failed to execute two routine drop-shots as he conceded the serve and never regained his composure, with Ruud forcing the tie-break.
It was then that the world number seven got back on top form, racing into a 3-0 lead and, despite a wobble that saw two match points fall by the wayside, holding his nerve to seal the win at the third attempt.
Into his first US Open semi-final – and his second at a grand slam following a run to the final at Roland Garros this year – Ruud, who along with Carlos Alcaraz has a chance of becoming the new world number one, will face Karen Khachanov in the last four.
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