Ruud set for US Open quarter-final clash with Berrettini

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NEW YORK – Casper Ruud still has a shot at becoming US Open champion – and the first Norwegian to hold the No. 1 ranking – with his first trip to the quarter-finals. He will face Italy’s 13th-seeded Matteo Berrettini after both players won their fourth-round matches on Sunday.

Fifth-seeded Ruud, already the first Norwegian to appear in the third and fourth rounds of the US Open, advanced with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 win on Corentin Moutet.

Berrettini reached the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Ruud must reach the final to at least have the opportunity to become the highest ranked player in men’s tennis. Ruud, 23, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and current number 1 Daniil Medvedev are the only players who can finish the tournament as the best player in the world. Ruud is ranked No. 7 in the world.

Ruudd used 43 winners to claim victory in his opener at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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“I dreamed of playing on this pitch at least once in my career,” Ruud said in an on-pitch interview. “Now I have a win here too so I can tell my future children and grandchildren that I played here and it will be a fun story to tell. It was amazing.”

Also on Sunday, defending champion and No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev takes on 23rd-seeded Nick Kyrgios in a showdown at Arthur Ashe Stadium where the winner is expected to be the overwhelming favorite to reach the final. Coco Gauff, seeded No. 12, plays Shuai Zhang. Gauff, a Roland-Garros finalist this year, is trying to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time in his career.

Moutet fell to 0-8 for life against top-10 opponents, but the Frenchman’s week at Flushing Meadows has already been a success. He became the first lucky loser (a player who fails to qualify but enters the main draw when someone withdraws) to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

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Berrettini, the Wimbledon 2021 runner-up, has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the fifth consecutive time. He dropped out of Wimbledon in June as he tested positive for COVID-19 and he also missed Roland Garros.

Berrettini worked most of the game but used 18 aces and six game-winning break points to advance.

“I’m really proud because I didn’t start the game the way I wanted,” Berrettini said. “I was a set and a break behind. I found the right energy. I have to say I was a bit tired in the fourth and he was playing amazing tennis. I lost the fourth, and I was like, ‘OK, now I’m going to give it my all.’ »

Ruud holds a 3-2 career advantage over Berrettini.

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