Casper Ruud reached the semi-finals of the ATP final, where he will face Daniil Medvedev.© AFP
Casper Ruud will replace Daniil Medvedev in the last four of the ATP final after coming from behind to beat Andrey Rublev 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Friday. Both players knew a victory at the Pala Alpitour in Turin would take them to Saturday’s semi-finals and Ruud impressed by coming from behind to make sure he would face world number two at the season-finals. The fifth seeded Rublev came into the match unbeaten in its four previous meetings with Ruud, but after a strong start fell to a deserved defeat and did not qualify for the knockout rounds of the Green Group.
The way Rublev walked through the first set suggested a quick win, but Ruud fought back games in the second set, forcing his opponent with a higher ranking into unforced errors and hitting 13 winners when he beat Rublev two times broke to take the set.
Rublev was visibly angry at the way his performance levels had dropped, and vented his frustration on his racket after allowing Ruud to immediately break back in game four to level the set at 2-2 when he put the game on his had neck.
From there, Ruud gained further confidence and was not even surprised when his serve in match five of the third set was broken and struck straight back to equalize the scores.
He finally came through the draw after a tense round of matches held to serve, in which both players took some beautiful shots, to bring about a major clash with US Open champion Medvedev.
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