Casper Ruud shares thoughts after surviving Corentin Moutet challenge at US Open

Ruud through to his first US Open quarterfinal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Casper Ruud shares thoughts after surviving Corentin Moutet challenge at US Open

World No. 7 Casper Ruud described Corentin Moutet as "a very tricky player" as he admitted that the Frenchman was definitely not an easy opponent to handle. Ruud, the fifth-seeded player in the US Open main draw, defeated 112th-ranked Moutet 6-1 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-2 to progress into his first quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows.

"I had a great start and the [two] sets that I won were not showing the real result. It was much tougher,” Ruud said after the match, per the ATP website. “Corentin is a very tricky player. He has all the shots, runs well.

He can produce trick shots and everything. I really needed to stay focused and stay sharp and I was playing really well until I got broke back in the third, which was frustrating. He raised his level a bit. But [the] fourth set I was able to break him a couple of times and serve good enough luckily.

I didn’t change much but I was able to dictate the game more”.

Ruud missed out on a good chance to close out the match in three sets

The two players were tied to one game apiece in the first set, before Ruud claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to win the first set in style.

Pretty much the same scenario happened in the second set as Ruud broke Moutet twice to open a comfortable two-set lead. After taking a two-set lead, Ruud claimed the first break of the third set in the fifth game. Down by two sets and a break, Moutet refused to quit as he broke back Ruud in the eighth game and eventually sent the set into a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Ruud had a 4-3 lead before Moutet won the next four points to win the third set and force a fourth set. But failing to close out the match in three sets didn't impact Ruud, who broke Moutet twice in the fourth set to escape with a four-set win. Ruud plays next Matteo Berrettini.

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