Tennis players made their debut quarterfinals at the Grand Slam tournaments and became the first players from their countries at this stage of the Majors in the Open Era. The 23-year-old Norwegian became the youngest semi-finalist at the Major since 2005, when 19-year-old Rafael Nadal played at this stage.
Ruud played for the fourth time against Rune on clay, never losing to an opponent. This season, the Norwegian turned out to be stronger than the Danish tennis player in the second round of the Masters in Monte Carlo. Kasper continued his winning streak (nine matches), before playing at Roland Garros, becoming the champion at the ATP tournament in Geneva.
Since 2020, Ruud has won his 65th match on clay – he is the tour leader in this indicator. In addition, he leads in the number of clay finals (8) and titles (7).
Previously, the Norwegian has never gone beyond the fourth round at the Grand Slam tournaments, and at Roland Garros – above the third round.
Due to getting into the top 4 at Roland Garros, Ruud will again become the seventh racket of the world from June 6, beating the Russian Andrey Rublev.
In the Roland Garros semi-finals, Kasper Ruud will face Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic, who defeated Rublev yesterday. The Norwegian leads 2-0 head-to-head with the Croatian and beat him in their only match on clay, which took place in 2020 at the Masters in Rome.