Tennis: Tennis-Ruud downs Hurkacz to reach maiden major quarter-finals in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Eighth seed Casper Ruud reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final when he downed Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 6-3 3-6 6-3 on the French Open on Monday.

Norway’s Ruud, who will face both final 12 months’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas or 19-year-old Holger Rune on Wednesday, overcame a quick fightback from his twelfth seeded opponent to obtain one of many objectives he had set for himself this season.

“It feels nice, it was considered one of my objectives this 12 months. I really feel extra skilled enjoying finest of 5 units,” stated Ruud, the primary Norwegian in the final eight at Roland Garros.

“Hubert has improved rather a lot on clay, he has grow to be a harmful participant on all surfaces; he has a harmful serve however I did effectively at returning it immediately.”

After an early commerce of breaks, Ruud stole his opponent’s serve once more to go 3-1 up as Hurkacz double faulted.

He left no room for hope to the Pole, making solely two unforced errors earlier than bagging the set because the twelfth seed buried a forehand into the online.

A effective backhand winner down the road gave him the break and a 2-0 lead in the second set, which was one other straightforward affair for Ruud as Hurkacz nonetheless had to discover his vary on serve.

The Pole wakened in the third set and it was a special story, with a number of spectacular exchanges on the internet.

Hurkacz peppered the courtroom with winners and he was rewarded with a break for 4-2 and held all through to scale back the arrears.

He stole Ruud’s serve immediately to take command of the fourth set, just for the Norwegian to combat again for 2-2 with a crosscourt passing shot winner.

Ruud broke decisively for 4-2 as Hurkacz made yet one more forehand error.

The Pole saved a match level at 5-2 however bowed out on the second when Ruud fired a crosscourt forehand winner.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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