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Ruud to Face Djokovic in His First Masters 1000 Semi-final

Ruud to Face Djokovic in His First Masters 1000 Semi-final Photo: TT
Casper Ruud (NOR) vs. Matteo Berettini (ITA) - Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2020

The 21-year-old keeps upgrading his game, showing strong performances since the 2020 season started, and despite the long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now the time to face world number 1 has come.

On Saturday, the Foro Italico in the eternal city of Rome, witnessed an intense match between Casper Ruud and fourth seed Matteo Berrettini, with the latter defeated 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), and the Norwegian recovering in the tie-break from 2/4 down.

On Sunday, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the Oslo native will face world number 1 Novak Djokovic, who overcame German Koepfer Dominik 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, advancing to his 11th semi-final in the Italian tournament.

It will be the first time the Serbian and the Norwegian will meet in a Masters 1000 semi-final.

The players management team briefly spoke to Sports Pundit, stating: “Casper is now preparing for his biggest match so far in his career, he is 100 % focused.”

Speaking to ATP Tour Media, Djokovic said: “Clay is definitely [Caspers] preferred surface. This is where he feels most comfortable. [It is the] semi-finals, and it is anybodys game Ill do some homework and be ready for that one.”

Djokovic was the crowned champion in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015.

2019 champion Rafael Nadal was stunned on Saturday by Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 7-5.

The Argentine will play his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final against 12th seed Denis Shapovalov who outlasted Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

CASPER RUUD 2020 SEASON

Ruud started the 2020 season, reaching a career-high of No. 46 on the FedEx ATP Rankings - which since then improved into No. 34.

In February, Ruud took part in the South American swing; the young player entered the Argentina Open - an ATP 250, playing the main draw for the first time in the tournament.

At the finals, he lifted his maiden ATP Tour title defeating Portuguese player Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4.

Second seed at the Chile Open, Ruud, a representative of the Next Generation of tennis players, secured a spot in the semi-finals in the clay-court, to continue his path into victory lane, beating Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6(5), 6-2.

It was the second tour-level final for Ruud, who finished as a runner-up in Santiago de Chile.

The 19-year-old Brazilian, Seyboth Wild, became the youngest Brazilian singles player to reach an ATP Tour final since 1990, sealing victory against Ruud in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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