ATP Rome: Rune LIGHTNING Ruud with a surreal MAGIC!
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 1005
There was a great show in the first semifinal at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. On the central court of the Foro Italico, Holger Rune and Casper Ruud fought hard to win the pass for the final of the Master 1000 in Rome. During the first set a wonderful rally amazed the crowd present in the stands and exalted the young Dane, author of an almost surreal point.
The 20-year-old put his opponent ahead with a splendid short ball, the Norwegian's drop shot deflected off the tape and took a rather treacherous trajectory near the net. Rune saved himself on this occasion and then closed in favor of him on the 15th thanks to a fantastic volley that left his rival no chance.
Ruud was able to express himself at high levels in this tournament, confirming it also in the semifinals.
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The Norwegian surprised his rival in the first set, winning a very delicate tie-break 7-2. In the second set, after the break suffered, Rune asked for a medical timeout due to physical problems with his shoulder. The decision has created quite a few controversies in the air and on the web, for some a move used to break the rhythm of the match and of the opponent.
Holger reacted and with a 4-0 run gave himself the opportunity to serve for the match, exploited to the maximum. The match, which is worth a final at Master 1000 level, was thus extended to the third set, increasing the tension for both players.
The talented 20-year-old is looking for the first victory of his career against Rune in order not to frustrate the excellent claim against the Serbian Novak Djokovic. He said: "I ask for medical time out when I have a problem and am in pain.
That's all. I just want to get treated, that's all. I don't know how to answer these questions. I think it's okay. You have the opportunity to request surgery of the physiotherapist. I know there are times in the game when you shouldn't ask, but it's okay to use it when you have a problem."