Ruud battles past Rune to reach his first French Open semi-final

PARIS: Norwegian tennis-star Casper Ruud carried on his historic run to reach Grand Slam semi-final for the first time as he thrashed Danish player Holger  Rune in the french open quarter final game.

Ruud, who became the first Norwegian to reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam further carried on his historic run as he came out on top  6-1, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 in a four-set clash to book his place in the final four.

The Norwegian got off to a sublime start as he completely dominated the opponent to wrap up the first set by 6-1.

Rune, on the other hand, quickly bounced back in the second set and got a breakthrough at 5-4 up, and further carried his lead to level the match.

The two players then got involved in a tight third set which went right down to the wire before being eventually decided in a tie-breaker. Ruud dug deep to eek out a mini-break to go 4-2 up over his Danish opponent.

The Norwegian did not look back after going within a set to seal a semi-finals spot and comprehensively clinched the victory after claiming the fourth set by 6-3.

The 23-year-old Norwegian will now face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the second semi-final as he targets the first Grand Slam title of his career.

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