World No. 10 Casper Ruud spoke extremely highly of former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov following their clash at the San Diego Open. Ruud, seeded at No. 2, overcame Dimitrov in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-4 to reach the final at the inaugural edition of the San Diego Open.
It was the first meeting between Ruud and DImitrov. "Playing Grigor you have to play well from all corners of the court and run well as he can hit winners from everywhere," Ruud said. "He's one of the toughest guys to play on Tour as he has all the shots in the bag.
I tried to hang in there and I won the couple of important points that in the end gave me the win. “It was high level from the first point to the last. I’m happy to be in my first hard-court final”.
Ruud was inconsistent but managed to win
Dimitrov made a positive start to the match, having claimed the first break of the match in the second game.
Dimitrov blew three game points in the following game as Ruud broke back. Ruud then claimed his second break of the match in the ninth game, before serving out for the opener a game later. After winning the first set, Ruud started the second set by breaking Dimitrov in the third game.
However, Dimitrov responded well to being down by a set and a break as he broke back Ruud in the fourth game. Dimitrov then broke Ruud in the 10th game to force a decider. The first four games of the third set featured four breaks as Ruud and Dimitrov were all tied at two games after the opening four games.
Ruud claimed his third break of the third set in the seventh game but this time managed to hold on to his serve as he served out for the match in the 10th game. Ruud will play Great Britain's Cameron Norrie in the San Diego final.