The inaugural US Open finalist is Casper Ruud. In two hours and 59 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the Norwegian defeated Karen Khachanov 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to his second Major final following Roland Garros. Ruud overtakes Rafael Nadal in the global rankings as a result.
If Frances Tiafoe defeats Carlos Alcaraz in the second semi-final, Tiafoe will win the match and the ATP crown! Casper played well to defeat Karen, starting over in the fourth set to complete the victory and keep his title hopes alive.
15 aces were delivered by Khachanov, but Ruud’s first serve posed a greater threat. The Norwegian player had a near faultless net game and won 57 of the 69 points after the first serve. With 53 winners and 34 unforced errors, Casper defeated the opponent in sets two and four to record one of his best victories to date.
He will compete in his second Major final, Casper Ruud.
Karen only managed three breakouts out of a possible five, which was insufficient to keep him safe. Ruud did everything right and hoped to win the title on Sunday by converting 40% of the return points into six breaks from 13 chances.
They exchanged early breaks in the first game, and after additional return games in games seven and eight, they remained tied. After a thrilling 56-stroke rally that had the fans on the edge of their seats, Casper won the tie break 7-5 to win the set.
With this encouragement, Ruud provided flawless serving in the second set. The Norwegian player maintained pressure on the opposition by scoring all 16 points in his games. The Russian struggled to keep up, breaking in games three and five to trail 4-1.
Ruud completed the set with a hold at love in game eight, securing a commanding lead and advancing the match toward its conclusion. In the first eleven games of the third set, both players provided strong serving, and Ruud just needed one more strong hold to start the second tie break.
Instead, after two hours and twenty minutes, Khachanov took advantage of a break to win the set 7-5 and increase his chances. In the fourth set, Casper made a fresh start and lost four points after the opening stroke. Karen fell short of those totals, dropping his service in games three and five to put himself far from a winning score.
In order to secure a spot in the championship match, Casper produced hold after strong hold before sealing the deal with a hold at love in game eight.