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Ruud with a fierce turnaround in Geneva – ready for the final later today

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Casper Ruud is ready for the final in the Geneva Open, the tournament he won in 2022. Photo: Martial Trezzini / Keystone via AP / NTB

Of NTB | 25.05.2024 12:34:21

Sport: With the set numbers 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), the Norwegian is ready for the final against the Czech Tomas Machac. The match will be played just a few hours after the semi-final because the match between Ruud and Cobolli was postponed due to rain on Friday.

– I’m going to take a shower, rest and have some lunch. Then we start again with warm-up to get ready for another match, said Ruud in the victory interview with the organizer.

He was heavily threatened in the third and deciding set and had to overcome a match point to Cobolli there. The match finally ended in a tiebreak, where the Norwegian decided without significant problems.

– It was very, very difficult. I was one point away from losing. I was able to hang on and I’m glad I came back in the third set. It’s a victory that gives confidence, and I’m looking forward to the final in a few hours, said Ruud.

In the second set, you could see a different version of Ruud. Most things went right for the Norwegian, who played some sparkling tennis and took control of the set when he broke to 3-1. He then effectively secured the set victory with the same numbers that Cobolli won with in the first.

In the decisive set, the trend reversed again, and Cobolli came out with pace and energy. He was threatened by Ruud in his first service game, but kept away and also broke the Norwegian for a 2-0 lead thereafter.

Ruud later reduced it to 1-3, and he did not give up at all. A break of serve to 3-4 created new tension in the match, and with a victory on his own serve, Ruud had suddenly leveled the set.

Ruud had to play for the tiebreak and succeeded in doing so. In the tiebreak he got off to a great start, and he won 7-4 after leading 4-0.

Ruud went to the top of the Geneva tournament in 2022, and he is playing his second final there in three years. The next task after the final is the Grand Slam tournament Roland-Garros in Paris. He has reached the final there the last two years.

22-year-old Cobolli started the match strongly and broke Ruud’s serve at the first attempt. The Norwegian struggled in the opening set, was broken again at 1-5 and lost it in a fairly short time.

The Norwegian was still strongly pressured, and Cobolli had match point at 5-4 in Ruud’s service game. The latter defended himself there, but Cobolli won a lengthy eleventh game and took the lead 6-5.

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