Casper Rod – Hubert Hurcacz 1-1 (7-5, 3-6, 2-6)
Casper Rudd was about to make it big in Montreal. By defeating Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals, the Norwegian reached his second Masters 1000 final in his career. However, it does not work.
The last time he competed in such a final was in Miami earlier this year. Then on solid ground, as in this tournament in Montreal.
– It was a bit of a shame, but it was a good tournament and Hurkacz was good. Casper opens well, but turns a little outward in the second and third. I think Hurkacz has a bit of luck too, so things went a bit his way today, Christian Rudd tells TV 2.
Are you happy with reaching the semi-finals?
– I think it’s more than okay. I know how many good players are here, so the semi-final is very good. He takes with him 360 points from this tournament.
Rudd opened the match poorly against Hurkacz. Pole advanced 3-0 in the first set, but then the Norwegian woke up to tie 3-3. In the first set 5-5, Rudd managed to break the pole, which reached 196 cm above the ground, and eventually won the first set 7-5.
In the first group, both of them also showed a lot of emotions. Rod burst out “Hell! Bad!” after losing a point. Then he got an answer from his father and coach Christian Rudd that he had to take it easy.
From there on, it was Hurcacz who showed emotion. The Pole was pressured into making several mistakes and was visibly frustrated. The Quiet Pole became so frustrated that he threw the racket to the ground after a losing point.
In the second set, it was just before Hurkacz again fell to Rudd. Pole went up to 4-2 and then had to lead 5-2, which he barely made it through. Pole eventually won the set 6-3.
In the third and deciding set, it was mostly about the Horkaches who really wreaked havoc on the main court in Montreal. The set ended with a score of 6-2 in front of the Pole, who was thus ready for the final.
The Norwegian tennis player showed very strong results in Canada this week. In his first match, he beat Alex Mulcan 2-0 before beating Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 2-1.
In the quarter-finals, he met Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was the great hope of Canada. However, Rudd showed an insanely good tennis ball and crushed the youngster 6-1, 6-2 in sets.
When TV2 met Rudd before the tournament in Canada, we talked about the character that Rudd has worn in recent years. Last time at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal coach Carlos Moya said that no player is as clear as Ruud.
There are journalists and people on social media who want to make a name for you. It is perfectly fine for someone to call me a gravel specialist, because in the end I prefer gravel. But I have nothing to stop me from playing on hard ground, Rudd told TV 2, and continued:
It’s good to play every now and then on a hard court where there is no false bounce. There is also another challenge. The hits and serves are more difficult, so you have to play harder and try to get into the net more often. I think it’s fun, and there are also more tournaments on Harcourt than on clay.
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