Prediction reversed in Turin: the Norwegian tennis player is the last of the best four to qualify thanks to the victory over Rublev at the tie-break
The surprise materializes on the sixth day. Casper Ruud overturns the prediction, beats the most popular Andrej Rublev and passes the elimination round at Atp Finals of Turin.
The match against the Russian was a real play-off: 2-6 7-5 7-6 (5) the partials of a match that ended after two hours and 26 of play. Ruud thus becomes the last semifinalist and will face Daniil Medvedev, while the other match will be between Djokovic, already certain of first place even if he has yet to play against the already eliminated Norrie tonight at 21, and Zverev.
The Norwegian who loves to play golf explained the reasons for his growth: “From Roland Garros onwards, knowing that it would become more and more important, I paid a lot of attention to the serve. I’m happy to have finished with an ace, and now I don’t see it’s time to start preparing for the next challenge. Tennis is like this: every day there is a new battle and the more a player advances in the tournament, the more complicated the challenges become. ” On Saturday in the match of the 14 Ruud will face Daniil Medvedev, who beat him in two sets in both previous sets: in 2020 at the ATP Cup and this year in Mallorca. To perform the miracle it will take much more. “I hope to have some support – he explained -, and I promise to fight and race as long as I have it. I will also go and observe his challenges with Dominic Thiem, to see how he managed to find the weapons to beat him ”. Very depressed Andrey Rublev, favorite on the eve: “About the match – he commented – I don’t have much to say. At the moment it is difficult to talk about it, I hope to overcome the disappointment and use this meeting as a lesson to grow further”.
November 19, 2021 (change November 19, 2021 | 20:30)
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