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Third Grand Slam final for Ruud, the second in Paris. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP
The Norwegian world number 4 got the better of the exhausted German in three short sets this Friday, during the second semi-final of the French Open.
Casper Ruud, solid, applied quickly strangled the suspense. The Norwegian, on the heels of a convincing match against Holger Rune in the quarter-finals, quickly put an end to the crazy adventure of Alexander Zverev, this Friday, in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros (6-3 6- 4 6-0). A break to lead 4-3 in the first set quickly paved the way for a solo. A year after his serious right ankle injury in the semi-finals against Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, lacking results before Roland-Garros (16 wins-14 losses), the German exhausted by a grueling tournament (often scheduled during the night session) no longer had the physical resources to compete. He bowed sharply, in just over 2 hours. Unable to fault the defense of the Norwegian who will return to the final in Paris, a year after losing to Nadal.
Casper Ruud will experience his 3rd Grand Slam final (out of the last 5 Grand Slam tournaments played). Quietly, the world No. 4 (24 years old) confirms that he is among the best in the world: “I hope the third time will be the good one. Last year it was against Rafa, this year against Novak, they are the two most difficult players to face, I will try to play as well as possible. I know Novak will want to win a 23rd title. Me a first“, he analyzes. In the final, Sunday afternoon, the Norwegian will start in the role of outsider. He lost in the 4 matches played against Novak Djokovic. And was never able to take a set from him.