Roland-Garros: Casper Ruud dominates Marin Cilic and joins Rafael Nadal in final
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Casper Roode on Friday qualified for the finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. In the semi-finals, at Roland-Garros, the Norwegian defeated Croatian Marin Cilic in four sets (3–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–2). He will face Rafael Nadal in the final on June 5.
One regular and one newcomer: this is the schedule for the final of the 2022 Roland-Garros tournament, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 5 June. The regulars, of course, deserve at the expense of Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev. And the new kid will not be Carlos Alcaraz, who tops the list of favourites, but is released in the quarter-finals. No, it’s another member of the Top 10, more and more comfortable in recent months, who will be: Casper Rudd.
The world number 8 took time against Marin Cilic in the second semi-final of the Paris Grand Slam on Friday, June 3. In the first sneak, he dominated the solid Croatian during the first set. A small relative setback when we see that 23-year-old Casper Roode has won only one match in three sets out of his five matches he has played this fortnight. The Oslo native regained his momentum after this first set and his opponent could not stop him.
1st Norwegian in Roland-Garros final
Especially thanks to a skillful serve and increasingly quick quality of the return, Kasper Rudd took the Croatian’s serve very early in the second set, to run into the lead and not let the advantage go. The difference was even greater in the third set, where Marin Cilic was broken twice. The world number 23, who performed brilliantly in the previous round against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, could not find a formula to respond to the Norwegian challenge.
Fifteen minutes into the match, due to a worker who invited himself to the court and tied himself to the net during the third set, only the inevitable was delayed. Undeterred, Casper Roode resumed his forward march and quickly finished the round. And in the fourth, he was not confident, confident and confident of his tennis. Marin Cilic could do nothing to challenge them to victory.
A finalist at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – where he won in 2014 – would therefore not play in his first final at Roland-Garros, unlike Croatian Kasper Rudd, who never passed the round of 16 stage. Grand Slam Tournament. He is the first Norwegian to reach this level in Paris.
And, for the first time in his career, Casper Roode will cross paths with the ultimate master of clay, Rafael Nadal. Can that stop him from winning the 14th Cup for the Musketeers? Answer Sunday, June 5 Porte d’Etuil.