French Open 2022: Casper Ruud beats spirited Holger Rune to reach semis

Despite the loss, Rune has a lot of positives to take away from this year's Roland Garros and he is only going to get better.

Casper Ruud during his match against Holger Rune. (Image: Twitter)

Eighth seed Casper Ruud defeated a highly impressive Holger Rune on Wednesday in the quarter-final of the 2022 Roland Garros. The score at the end of the match was 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. The 19-year-old Dane recorded his best Grand Slam performance as he beat Denis Shapovalov, Hugo Gaston, and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the competition to advance to the quarters. Those in attendance at the Phillipe-Chatrier were treated to high quality tennis action from two of brightest prospects in the world today. Ruud will face Marin Cilic in his first ever semi-final in a Grand Slam. Despite the loss, Rune has a lot of positives to take away from this year’s Roland Garros and he is only going to get better.

The first set was quite a simple affair for eighth seed Ruud. The Norwegian got into his groove early and kept it going to bag a near-flawless set victory. It was more of the same as the second set began with Ruud taking control early. Frustration was starting to creep in for Rune who was finding it difficult to keep up with the Norwegian. However, midway through the second set, the 19-year-old Dane summoned his form back out of thin air and went on to win it and level the match. The way Rune played in the second half of the second set was absolutely extraordinary and it even caught Ruud off guard.

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A thriller of a third set

The third set was one you simply could not take your eyes off from. While the reveled in the brilliance of Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic, Ruud and Rune set up an absolute masterclass of a match as those inside the Phillipe-Chatrier watched on from the edge of their seats. The Norwegian and the Dane went back and forth until the third set went to a tiebreaker. It was as if they both had an answer for anything the other threw at them. The eighth seed proved to be too strong for the teenager eventually as Ruud won the third set to lead the match.

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The final strike

The fourth set, much like the third, was one that would keep your eyes glued to the action. It was as if Ruud and Rune had picked up right where they left off. Back and forth action ensued yet again but this time, the level of tennis played by both was raised considerably. It was pretty evident that they were both giving it everything they had. However, it was Ruud who finally broke to make the score 5-3 in the set. The eighth seed eventually went on to win the final set, and the match.

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