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Casper Ruud in action against Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Roland Garros tournament. Photo: Jean-François Badias / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 30.05.2024 23:23:18

Sport: Ruud could finally cheer that he is one of 32 left in the tournament with the numbers 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The match lasted 4 hours and 9 minutes.

The decision came when Ruud broke Davidovich-Fokina in the fourth game. The Spaniard responded by throwing the racket to the ground.

The intensity in the stadium increased with each game that got closer to a decision. Ruud kept control and won.

– He is so sharp. I think he turns up the pace a little bit on his forehands in the fifth (set), said Discovery’s commentator Ola Bentzen.

– It takes a lot of self-confidence to knock on in such situations with so much pressure, he added.

Now awaits the winner of Tomas Etcheverry from Argentina (29 in the world) and French Arthur Rinderknech (69) in the 3rd round. Novak Djokovic is also through and is a potential opponent for Ruud in the quarter-finals.

In the first set, Davidovich-Fokina had three break points in the first game without success. They then followed each other to a tiebreak. Ruud was strongest there and converted his second set point. After an hour of play, he could cheer for the best start.

The Spaniard first saved two break points in the first game of the second set. Then he broke Ruud flatly in game number two.

– Try to find the forehand as much as possible, was the message from father and coach Christian Ruud in the stands.

Ruud got a break ahead in the third set. In the fourth set, Davidovich-Fokina hit twice as many winners as Ruud and forced a decisive set.

After more than four hours, it was Ruud who could celebrate. The Norwegian is looking to reach the final at Roland-Garros for the third year in a row.

Before the match, the score was 2-2 on aggregate between the two players. Davidovich-Fokina beat Ruud in a dramatic five-setter in the 3rd round of Roland-Garros in 2021. The Norwegian got his revenge with that.

Little worked for Ruud, who gave up the set 1-6.

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