Casper Rudd defeated Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (29) in straight rounds at the ATP 1000 Championships in Cincinnati on Thursday.
The match ended 6-4, 6-3 in favor of the boy Senaruya.
Schwartzman is number 14 in the world, while Rudd is number 11.
In the third round awaits Alexander Zverev (24), who is fifth in the world rankings. The German defeated Argentine Guido Bella (31) 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.
After the first set, where Rod was most severe, there was poking from the start in the second set. Schwartzman did not keep up, and Rod broke the opponent’s serve at the first chance and gained the upper hand.
Schwartzman stepped up somewhat, but did not threaten Rudd in the Norwegian’s serve match. Thus, Rudd could send a 6-3 home win in the second set. He did so with a clean serve match, deciding the ball for the first match.
With that, Rudd is ready to play in the ATP Quarterfinals at the Masters level. Last week, he went as much at a similar tournament in Toronto. There was a stop for the World Tree Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He will face strong opposition again. On Friday, he will compete with German star Alexander Zverev, who is currently ranked the fifth best tennis player in the world. For comparison, Rod is ranked as No. 11.
This would be the first time he faced Rod Zverev. The last time they met, Rudd had to retire due to an injury.
The Ohio Championships has an ATP Masters level of 1000. Only Grand Slam competitions have a higher profile in tennis.
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Thursday’s victory was Rudd’s second straight victory over Schwartzman. He won on the spot when they last met on the gravel at the Monte Carlo Masters. Before that, the Argentine won the first four encounters between them.
Hardcourt isn’t Rod’s favorite surface, but he’s recently shown it’s getting better and better. Until a week ago, he had not reached the Masters quarter-finals on hard courts.
The tournament in Ohio is Rudd’s last before the US Open, the last Grand Slam competition of the year. The shape of a good Norwegian hard court means that he can challenge for a place among the top 10 in the world.
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