Alexander Zverev vs. Casper Ruud - Who won their previous RG match?

Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud will battle for the fifth time in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
Alexander Zverev vs. Casper Ruud - Who won their previous RG match?
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Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud will compete in the Roland Garros semi-final. It will be a repeat of last year's match in the same stage, with both rivals seeking the third victory after splitting the first four encounters on the notable scene.

Alexander hopes to reach his first Roland Garros final after losing in the semi-final stage to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal and Ruud in the previous three years. The German will try to avenge a heavy 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 defeat to the Norwegian from a year ago and remain on the court toward his first Major title.

Zverev kicked off the campaign against the 14-time champion Rafael Nadal and earned a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win in over three hours. He ousted David Goffin in straight sets before facing stern tests in Tallon Griekspoor and Holger Rune.

The German prevailed in five sets, improving his incredible score in the Roland Garros five-setters and reaching the quarter-final.

Alexander Zverev & Casper Ruud, Roland Garros 2023© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Gety Images Sport

Alexander faced Alex de Minaur and earned a 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 triumph on Court Philippe-Chatrier in two hours and 59 minutes, moving into his fourth consecutive semi-final in Paris.

It was a tight battle, with the German winning eight points more than his opponent. The Aussie struggled to find the first serve, landing in only 48% and giving away 40% of the points, getting broken five times from six chances offered to the German.

Alexander denied five out of eight break points, prevailing in the pivotal moments and sealing the deal in straight sets. It was not a high-quality duel, with 100 unforced errors combined. They delivered over 70 exchanges with nine strokes or more, pushing each other to the limits.

Zverev erased the deficit in the tie break and moved over the top with a couple of breaks in the third set. Ruud hopes to reach his third consecutive Roland Garros final, losing the previous two to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Alexander Zverev, Roland Garros 2023© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud are fighting for a place in the Roland Garros final.

The Norwegian prevailed over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in five sets in the second round.

He defeated Tomas Martin Etcheverry and Taylor Fritz in the following two encounters for a place in the last eight. Casper arranged the ultimate clash against the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, but they did not play it.

Novak withdrew due to a right knee issue, propelling Casper into the last four. A year ago, Ruud scored a dominant 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over Zverev in two hours and nine minutes, sailing into the title clash. Alexander played another poor match against a top-10 rival at Majors, falling two sets to love behind and suffering a bagel in set number three, ending his campaign in the last four.

Casper played well behind the first and second serve, getting broken once and keeping the pressure on the other side. Ruud landed 25 winners and 19 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and leaving Zverev on a 31-37 ratio.

Casper Ruud, Roland Garros 2023© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The German fought hard in the opening two sets despite difficulties in his games before fading from the court in the third. Casper grabbed half of the return points and turned them into six breaks from ten chances.

The Norwegian stood strong in his games after defending eight out of nine break points, overpowering his opponent in the opening two sets and reaching his third Major final within a year! Casper left Alexander miles behind in the shortest exchanges up to four strokes, hitting more service winners and playing efficient tennis behind the first groundstroke.

Ruud made a flying start, holding at love in the first game of the encounter and cracking a forehand down the line winner in the next one for an early break and 2-0. Alexander made a push on the return in the third game, generating five break points and seizing the last to get back to the positive side.

Casper Ruud, Roland Garros 2023© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Instead of building on that, the German suffered another break in the fourth game and fell 4-1 behind after the Norwegian's hold at 30.

Zverev served to stay in the set at 2-5 and fended off a set point before creating a break chance in the next one, hoping to extend the battle. He played a terrible forehand, and Casper closed the set with a service winner for 6-3 after 47 minutes.

Alexander served better at the beginning of the second set and created three break points in the fourth game. Ruud saved it and made a push on the return in the seventh game, landing a forehand down the line winner and clinching a break at love.

The Norwegian served for the set at 5-4 and painted a forehand down the line winner, moving 6-3, 6-4 in front after an hour and 37 minutes. Casper gained a boost and secured a bagel in the third set. He moved 5-0 up with a forehand winner and punched another in the next one for a notable win and a place in the title clash.

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