Casper Ruud won the French Open championship last May, but was humble enough to realize he may never do anything as big again.
Now, however, he’s on the verge of just that. The fifth-seeded Norwegian exhibited his heavy top-spin forehand Friday night and advanced to the U.S.
Open men’s finals with a 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Russian Karen Khachanov.
“I’m so happy,’’ said Ruud, who will face Frances Tiafoe or Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday in the final
“After Roland Garros, I was extremely happy but humble enough that it could be my only final at a Grand Slam in my career. And here I am back a couple of months later.”
Yes, here he is. No Norwegian had ever so much as made it to an Open quarterfinal until this fortnight.
“This is probably the biggest match of both our careers,’’ said Ruud, whose victory was highlight by winning a 55-shot rally on set point. “I was fortunate to win the first
Ruud is not as flashy or athletic as Tiafoe or Alcaraz, but more of a rock.
“The main thing, obviously his consistency, his way of defending,’’ Khachanov said. “As soon as you give him the space to step in, he’s really fast to go around his foreh