Casper Ruud defeated Alexander Zverev in straight sets and will face Novak Djokovic in his second straight Roland Garros final. The number 4 in the world imposed the distance in the ATP ranking with the German to win the three sets 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0 and now he will look for the first Grand Slam of his career against Nole.
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After such a victory, the brand new finalist spoke to the audience about what the game was like: “Today I played very well from the beginning, I didn’t want to think too much so that emotions don’t invade me and I’m happy to have won.” In addition, he expressed surprise at having reached this stage again: “It never crossed my mind to be a favorite to reach the final, obviously I love it, here we are, two weeks after starting my dream has come true again” .
Regarding the grand final that will be played this Sunday, with ESPN television, he announced that it will not be easy: “Last year I had Rafa (Nadal), now Nole… They are two of the toughest players in history, but I’m going to play without much in my head, enjoy as much as I can but I know it’s going to be very hard. I will do my best, Nole is going for his 23rd Grand Slam and I am going for the first. Let’s hope it’s a great match.”
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The 24-year-old Norwegian reached this stage after eliminating the Swedish Elias Ymer (155), the Italian Giulio Zeppieri (129), the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen (71), the Chilean Nicolás Jarry (35) and the Danish Holger Rune (6 ). On the other hand, the German who occupies the 27th place in the ranking took out the South African Lloyd Harris (294), the Slovakian Alex Molčan (86), the American Frances Tiafoe (12), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (29) and, in the quarterfinals In the final, he beat Argentine Tomás Etcheverry (49) in four sets.
It should be remembered that Ruud defended the points of the final lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets and had just won the Estoril ATP 250 last April, his only title in 2023 after having won another nine trophies in his career with the particularity of who never won a Grand Slam. Last year he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the last duel of the US Open.
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