At Rod Laver Arena, the 22-year-old Jenson Brooksby defeated the second-seeded Casper Ruud with scores of 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, and 6-2. The young American, who is playing at a high level and has won two matches at the past three Majors, is in the third round of his first Australian Open.
Ruud hasn’t been playing well to start the new season, and after failing to generate any spin with the Dunlop balls, he didn’t fancy his prospects in Melbourne. The Norwegian gave his all in the third set but ended up slamming the exit door as he struggled to impose his stroke or damage with his forehand.
As a result, Rafael Nadal‘s loss the day before and Carlos Alcaraz‘s absence from the tournament prevent any top-3 players from reaching the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2002. When playing behind the second serve, Brooksby performed better than Ruud and scored 22 more points.
In order to manage the pace, the American converted nine out of 13 break points and only lost serve four times.
In four sets, Jenson Brooksby defeated Casper Ruud.
The most complex rallies were won by Jenson, who defeated one of the best baseliners in the world by winning 55 of the 80 total points.
In the first set, Brooksby saved a break point at 2-3 with a service winner then won a long rally in the second set to take the break and establish the lead. In game nine, the American recovered his stride and secured another break of service to end the first set with a forehand winner down the line.
Ruud broke in the third game of the second set to take the lead after the previous three games included many deuces. In order to maintain the advantage, Brooksby tied the game at 2-2 then rallied from a 40-0 deficit in the following play. The following games were well-served by both players, and Casper was required to produce another excellent hold at 5-6 to institute a tie break.
Instead, after one hour and 48 minutes, Jenson broke him with a fortunate net cord winner, securing a set for him and moving him closer to the finish line. Early in the third set, they traded breaks before the American won another to establish a 4-2 lead and sense victory.
In game seven, Brooksby survived a break point and held to win 5-2, forcing Ruud to serve to keep the match alive. In game nine, Casper delivered a strong hold and survived three match points on the comeback. The Norwegian made a strong comeback and won the tie break 7-4 for a significant victory.
It was not to be for him, though. After three hours and 54 minutes, Jenson defeated Casper three times in a row for a 4-1 lead and hit a service winner in game eight to win the match.