Roland Garros: Casper Ruud hammers Alexander Zverev

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Roland Garros: Casper Ruud hammers Alexander Zverev
Roland Garros: Casper Ruud hammers Alexander Zverev

Casper Ruud will compete in his third Major final within a year! The last year's Roland Garros finalist will have another chance to seek his first Major crown following a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Alexander Zverev in two hours and nine minutes.

Thus, Casper will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final, with the Norwegian seeking his first and the Serb his 23rd Major title. Zverev defeated five rivals to move into his third consecutive Roland Garros semi-final and repeat the result from 12 months ago.

As usual against the top-10 rivals at Majors, he stood no chance against Ruud, delivering only one break and fading from the court in set number three. Casper played better behind the first and second serve and provided more efficient numbers when it mattered the most to seal the deal in straight sets and extend his remarkable run at Majors.

The Norwegian fired 25 winners and 19 unforced errors.

Casper Ruud toppled Alexander Zverev in the Roland Garros semi-final.

The German landed 31 direct points and 37 mistakes, giving his everything in the opening two sets but struggling behind the initial shot big time.

Casper turned almost half of the return points into six breaks from ten opportunities and defended eight out of nine break points to keep the pressure on the other side. Ruud earned his victory in the shortest range up to four strokes, leaving Zverev miles behind following more direct points from his serve and performing better from the first groundstroke.

The Norwegian held at love in the encounter's first game and fired a forehand down the line winner in the second to secure an early break. Alexander created five break chances in the third game and seized the last after the rival's backhand error to reduce the deficit.

Zverev got broken in the fourth game for the second straight time and fell 4-1 behind after Ruud's hold at 30. Zverev denied a set point on serve in the eighth game to prolong the action and created a break chance in the next one.

He missed it with a terrible forehand, and Casper wrapped up the set with a service winner for 6-3 after 47 minutes. The German produced three comfortable holds at the start of the second set and created three break chances at 2-1.

Ruud denied them and fired a forehand down the line winner in game seven for a break at love and 4-3. Casper served for the set at 5-4 and landed a forehand down the line winner for 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. With a boost on his side, Ruud produced a bagel in the third set, moving 5-0 up with a forehand winner and sealing the deal with another in the next one.

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