Casper Ruud beats Karen Khachanov at the US Open to get to the final, and Joe Salisbury wins the doubles competition.
Casper Ruud is still on track to win his first Grand Slam championship after defeating Karen Khachanov in four sets to advance to his first US Open final. The Norwegian star, who is rapidly approaching the top spot in the world rankings, will play either Carlos Alcaraz or Frances Tiafoe in the championship match on Sunday in New York.Casper Ruud beats Karen Khachanov at the US Open to get to the final, and Joe Salisbury wins the doubles competition.
The winner of Sunday’s match between Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz and home favourite Frances Tiafoe will face the Norwegian, who earlier this year lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, for a second chance at the Grand Slam.
Except in the unlikely event that 19-year-old Alcaraz wins the championship, Ruud will now undoubtedly surpass Rafael Nadal to take the top ranking. The biggest match of both of our careers, according to Ruud, “was another terrific performance from my side. I think we were both a touch apprehensive at the beginning.”
fantastic in the second and fourth sets, while Karen improved in the third. I’m just incredibly joyful. I believed that my career’s sole grand slam final might have been the French Open. A few months later, here I am once more. It feels indescribably wonderful. For the first time since the initial tournament in 1881, both of these players were semifinalists for the first time in New York. Therefore, the stakes were high and early nervousness could be seen.
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Ruud had a 2-0 lead before falling behind as Khachanov, the Olympic silver medalist from last summer, won four of the following five games. However, the Norwegian stormed back. Even though the tie-break was close, Ruud won it on his third set point following a remarkable 55-shot rally. The second set of the match then appeared to be completely in the fifth seed’s hands, but Khachanov fought back to win the third.
However, Ruud emerged stronger at the beginning of the fourth set, breaking serve with a tremendous forehand in the third game, and extending his lead to win in just under three hours.
Only the second combination in the open era, Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram, successfully defended their US Open men’s doubles championship.
There was certain to be a British victor with Neal Skupski and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof on the opposing net, and it was Salisbury and American Ram who prevailed in a close match, winning 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.
Ram and Salisbury, who also won the Australian Open in 2020, are celebrating their third Grand Slam victory together. They are also continuing the legacy of fellow Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who won back-to-back titles in New York in 1995 and 1996. Salisbury wore a black armband, while Skupski wore a black ribbon on his shirt as a sign of respect for the Queen.
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The Londoner, 30, continued: “Being in this circumstance seems definitely a little uncomfortable. Naturally, we are overjoyed with our achievements, but it is also a difficult period right now.” Salisbury, who has already won two titles in mixed doubles, retains his top spot in the world thanks to the triumph. Should he and Koolhof have lifted the trophy, Skupski would have surpassed them.
Alfie Hewett defeated Nicolas Peifer of France in straight sets to advance to the US Open men’s wheelchair singles final for the sixth consecutive year. Hewett from Norfolk has impressively advanced to the final on each occasion he has competed at Flushing Meadows, taking home the championship in 2017 and 2018 but losing the previous three finals.
He has won all three of his matches in an extended draw without dropping a set, and he easily defeated Peifer with a score of 6-3, 6-1. Hewett will now rekindle his rivalry with Japan’s top seed Shingo Kunieda, who is attempting to become the first wheelchair singles player to complete the calendar Grand Slam.
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