Norwegian Casper Ruud took the lead over Croatian Marin Cilic in the Roland Garros semi-final. He will face Rafael Nadal, who will try to compete for a 14th Auteuil goal trophy.
An unprecedented final will be held this Sunday on the Philippe-Chatrier court. On the one hand, the clay legend Rafael Nadal, who reaches the final for the 14th time in his career. On the other, 23-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud, who will try to create the feat for his first Grand Slam final.
The day had started beautifully on the Roland-Garros central court. For the last square match, it was a duel of titans between Rafael Nadal, thirteen-time French clay court champion, and Alexander Zverev, the world’s 3rd highest player in the ATP rankings. In a tough match, where both players went head to head (7-6 / 6-6), it was the Spaniard who qualified for the final.
After three hours of play and the game was only at the end of the second set, the German was seriously injured in the ankle. Unable to defend his chances, he gave up. Nadal did not fail to applaud the performance of his unfortunate opponent: “I am sure he will win not one, but several Grand Slam tournaments.”
Casper Ruud in diesel mode
For the second match, it was a less tense match between the Croatian Marin Cilic (23rd in the world) and the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8th in the world). After a very tense first set, Casper Ruud rolled his tennis to win 3-6 / 6-4 / 6-2 / 6-2.
FIRST FINAL IN GRAND CHELEM
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However, the match was interrupted due to the eruption of an ecological protester which clung to the net for a few minutes. After being evacuated without violence, the meeting was able to resume.
It is therefore an unprecedented final between the greatest player in the history of Roland-Garros and the young Norwegian, who signs his first Grand Slam final. First exchanges this Sunday, June 5, from 3 p.m.