Casper Ruud in the Masters semi-finals after his victory over Taylor Fritz

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Casper Ruud in the Masters semi-finals after his victory over Taylor Fritz

Casper Ruud will play in the semi-finals of the Masters for the second consecutive year. Indeed, his victory over Taylor Fritz gives him the lead of the green group and ensures that he will not be overtaken by any of his rivals. Furthermore, this victory definitively eliminates Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, beaten by Félix Auger-Aliassime earlier in the day, had to count on a straight-set defeat by Ruud to hope to maintain a chance of qualification. Nadal therefore leaves Turin without glory, but Ruud can hope to see further than the last four.

To have a summary of his match against Fritz, just focus on the tie-break of the last set. The Norwegian started it with a bang, before letting his opponent come back to finally end the match in a show of composure.

Indeed, in the first set of the first face-to-face between the two men, Ruud did… Ruud. A big serve, an impeccable placement at the time of the strike, the variation. It was solid, too much for Fritz, anyway. Ruud logically took the lead, confirming once again that he had really become a player as comfortable on hard court as on clay.

But, as often since his final at the US Open, he suddenly seemed to shrink on the court. Less effective, its influence was less significant. He had to save three break points in his first service game. Break points, we would have to wait for the tenth game to find any traces. And, again, she was in favor of Taylor Fritz. This time, the American held the exchange and cracked Ruud who saw his forehand end up in the net. A set everywhere.

In the last set, Fritz was losing his precision and starting to give. He had to go through a spectacular dive on the fly to save a break point and stay ahead of the score (3-2). Subsequently, the two men would win their services without shaking (4 shutouts in a row). The tie-break was inevitable. As we have already said, he summed up the match. Carried by a big serve, Ruud broke away 3-0, then 4-1 thanks to a splendid backhand full line untouchable for Fritz. But the latter came back from 5-1 to 5-4. He saved the first two match points, well helped by Ruud. But on the last, he committed his 28th fault. The one too many.

Ruud therefore sails towards the semi-finals, whatever the result of his match against Rafael Nadal. Taylor Fritz will play a real quarter-final against Félix Auger-Aliassime.

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