(Casper Rudd – Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4) Former world number one Andy Murray (34) made a loyal attempt, but had to give up when Casper Rudd (22) showed a row in a fun tennis match Friday night.
– I met a legend. I resisted. It was inspiring to see how he never gave up. He played at a high level today, says Rudd after the win over the Scotsman.
– It’s been a long year. It’ll be fine with a little bit of sun here on the West Coast. “I’m hoping for a good end to the season and reaching the final,” says Casper Rudd, who is now ready for the quarterfinals of the San Diego Open.
He ranks second in the tournament and now meets Lorenzo Sonego. The Italian is number 23 in the world. The match will be played on VG + Sport at 02:30 on Saturday evening.
– A very, very good tennis match for Rudd, commentator Ambassador Krug Sondbow says of the Murray match.
Andy Murray struggled from a long nightmare due to injury. Before that he was one of the Big Four in tennis.
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The moody Scot did break to 2-1 in the first set, but that was as much as Murray was able to hold serve 3-1.
At times, Murray showed ancient greatness, but at the same time it was clear that he did not want to hold a full match. Casper Rudd got back to the score 3-3 after good play.
The spectators were on the old star’s side, and loved that he followed Rod to 5-5. But then Rudd broke and won 7-5 in the first set that lasted a full hour and four minutes.
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Rod broke Varga 2-0 in the second set. Then most people probably thought this group would be short.
– The road is awful and too long for Murray now, says VG + Sport Sverre commentator Krogh Sundbø, and Ruud served 3-0.
But Andy Murray made the comeback, made fewer mistakes and offered usable resistance – and managed to get back to 3-4. But Rudd immediately broke 5-3 and could have served the match. But then Murray managed to collapse once – to 4-5.
When the Scot was trying to catch up, Rudd broke again – thus winning 6-4.
Casper Rudd has shown once again that he is on his way to being good on hard surfaces like gravel.
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– I think he was better on hard courts than his reputation, says Sundbø, VG + Sport commentator.
Rudd overestimated Botic van de Zandschulp i US Open, men’s var god i Laver Cup der han vant over Reilly Opelka.
Andy Murray has won three Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal, but today he is ranked 109th best player in the world after years of injuries. Rod is number ten on the same list.