Casper Ruud makes history with first victory over Novak Djokovic

clay – This is the first time that the Norwegian has beaten the Serbian

He is already setting a date for Roland-Garros. Casper Ruud, double finalist of the Parisian grand slam (2022, 2023), dominated world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 on Saturday.

“I could only play so well otherwise I knew it would be impossible to win. I was lucky to win the first set, especially since I had never taken a single set from him until then, commented the 25-year-old Norwegian. Thanks to that, even after losing the second set I knew I could still win. »

An unprecedented victory

Indeed, in five meetings until then, the last in the final of Roland-Garros last year, Djokovic had always won and had never even lost a single set against Ruud.

The 25-year-old Norwegian, who also played the final of the US Open in 2023, had his best result in Monte-Carlo a semi-final lost against Andrey Rublev in 2021. He will play his second Masters 1000 final after the one lost in Miami in 2022.

A scenario full of twists and turns

Djokovic started the match by letting his throw slip away. An exchange of breaks in the middle of the set changed nothing, Ruud retained the advantage until the end.

At the start of the second set, Djokovic showed signs of fatigue: he was panting like an ox when changing sides and, between the rallies, looking for the shadow which, little by little, was nibbling away at the co(…) Read more over 20 minutes

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2024-04-13 18:22:02
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