Ruud thumps Cilic, to face Nadal in his first Grand Slam final

PARIS: Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud’s historic run in the French Open got a major development as he reached his first Grand Slam final by thrashing Croatian player Marin Cilic in the semi-final.

The Norwegian continued to thrive in his historic run as he produced an astonishing comeback before being one set down to claim the victory by 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Cilic pulled ahead in the first set as he completely outclassed Ruud with scores of 6-3. Ruud, on the other hand, managed to mark an exceptional comeback as he levelled with the Croatian after claiming the second set.

The Norwegian’ comeback fuelled him with momentum and he never looked back and went on to claim the next two frames to make his way into his first Grand Slam final.

The eighth seed will now face Rafael Nadal in the final as he eyes to deny the latter’s record-extending 14th French Open title and 22 Grand Slam crowns.

It is pertinent to mention here that Ruud has trained in Nadal’s academy in Mallorca since September 2018, adding to the allure ahead of the title showdown.

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