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Casper Ruud. Photo: Daniel Cole / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 13.04.2024 19:13:41

Sport: Ruud won the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. It was also the first two sets Ruud has won against Djokovic in his career. At 5-4 in the last set, Ruud broke into full cheers among those present.

– I am very, very happy. I’m a bit in shock right now, Ruud told the organizer.

On the third match point, victory came to Ruud when Djokovic delivered a double fault.

It is clearly Ruud’s biggest victory in his career. Before the match, he was 0-8 in matches against players ranked top three in the world.

It was a tough loss in the second set, but Ruud turned the game around in the deciding set and impressed in front of a packed stadium in Monaco with big names such as cycling star Chris Froome, Formula 1 profile George Russel and former tennis player and billionaire daughter Jenny Spetalen.

Not least, Prince Albert of Monaco was also present.

Before the match, Ruud called the match “David against Goliath”. And “David” went to work with no respect for the 36-year-old who played his 77th semi-final at Masters 1000 level. For Ruud it was the eighth.

Sunday’s final against Stefanos Tsitsipas is Ruud’s second at Masters 1000 level.

Ruud has been to three Grand Slam finals, but so far all ten of his career titles have come at the ATP 250 level.

The Norwegian lost clearly, and at 1-4 he was broken after hitting three double faults in a row.

– I have almost never seen that, I think, said TV2’s expert Christer Francke.

– This is disturbing, added commentator Christian Paasche.

Ruud took a total of eleven points in the second set.

Djokovic came to the match with eleven wins in his pocket in 2024 and without getting past a semi-final. It didn’t happen on Saturday night either. Ruud, on the other hand, took his 24th win of the year.

Greek Tsitsipas stands in the way of Ruud’s biggest title on Sunday. The two have met four times, and the score between them is 2-2.

After a strong first set with 6-4 where Ruud broke Djokovic in the very first game, it got tough in the second set.

A completely different Ruud came out in the decisive set, and once again Ruud broke at the first attempt. Djokovic broke back with a blank game and created excitement again. Ruud eventually broke to 6-4.

(© NTB)

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