One hour and eight minutes, and then that’s it. Casper Ruud did not need to work too hard to overcome Andrey Rublev in the semi-final of the 2022 Masters in Turin. He won in two short sets without being too worried, except for a small scare at the end of the second set (6-2, 6-4). A relatively easy victory which allows him to qualify for his first final at the Masters. He will find Novak Djokovic there, winner of Taylor Fritz a little earlier in the day (7-6, 7-6).
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The fight only really existed for about twenty minutes. Time for the Norwegian to take the measure of the Russian’s serve and make his first break to lead 3-2. From then on, Rublev, who had started well thanks to a very good face-off and a powerful forehand, then went completely wrong. He multiplied the unforced errors against an opponent who played very fair.
Eight games in a row for Ruud
The games went by at breakneck speed. The Norwegian won eight in a row to lead 6-2, 4-0. With a double break in the pocket in the second set. It was then that Rublev woke up a bit, managing to win a first game. He then let go of his shots. To the point of succeeding in a break at 5-3 and then continuing with a shutout on service. But his hope of an insane comeback was quickly dashed. Because Ruud remained calm and precise to win his last face-off without losing a point (6-2, 6-4).
Definitely, the current world number 4 has delivered an almost perfect copy. With very little waste in his game. A real metronome who has shown himself to be extremely solid in defense. He returned all the balls and made some remarkable counters. As soon as he could, he also took the initiative in the rally and was very fair almost every time. Enough to disgust the Russian who could never believe it. If he wants to join Roger Federer and his six Masters titles, Novak Djokovic knows what to expect.
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