Casper Ruud survives Corentin Moutet revival to secure QF berth | ATP Tour

Kasper Ruud recovered from a mid-game wobble US Open on Sunday as he passed France’s lucky loser Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 reached quarterfinals in New York for the first time.

Having already moved up three places to 4th on the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings during the tournament, the Norwegian will pass Alexander Zverev and Daniel Medvedev to climb to #2 in the live rankings he should beat Matteo Berretini to reach the semifinals. And he remains in the hunt for 1st place at the end of the last Grand Slam of the year.

Ruud was pushed to the limit in his five-set win in the third round Thomas Paulbut looked on course for a comfortable win over Moutet Arthur Ashe Stadion. However, after going 4-2 up in the third set, the 23-year-old lost focus and control on his forehand and Moutet rallied to win the set and gain a foothold in the match.

However, Ruud was undeniable. He fended off three break points in the fourth set while hitting his groundstrokes with more depth and spin to finally advance after three hours and 22 minutes.

“I had a great start and the [two] Sets I won didn’t show the real result. It was a lot harder,” Ruud said in his interview in court. “Corentin is a very tricky player. He has all the shots, runs well. He can produce trick shots and everything. I had to stay really focused and stay sharp, and I was playing really well until I broke in game three, which was frustrating.

“He’s raised his level a bit. but [the] In the fourth set I was able to break it a couple of times and fortunately served well enough. I didn’t change much, but I was able to dictate the game more.”

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Ruud, who has his fourth hard-court Grand Slam appearance, next meets Italy’s Berrettini in 13th place. The fifth seed has won three Tour-level titles this season while reaching his maiden Grand Slam final Roland Garros in June.

Ruud now holds a yearly record of 42-15 and has a chance to climb to No. 1 on the Pepperstone ATP rankings afterwards US Open. He is one of four players – Rafael Nadal, Daniel Medvedev and Carlo Alcaraz – who have the opportunity to end them US Open as number 1 in the world. All but Nadal need to reach the league game to have a chance of leaving New York in first place. More on key matches in the battle for 1st place.

Ruud continued to open the game against Moutet Arthur Ashe Stadium on Day 7 in New York and it was an experience he enjoyed.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play on this pitch at least once in my career,” said Ruud when asked if he would like to compete Arthur Ashe stadium for the first time. “Now I have a win here too, so I can tell my future children and grandchildren that I played here and that will be a fun story. It was wonderful.”

Moutet defeated the former world No. 3 Stan WawrinkaQuarterfinalist 2021 Botic van de Zandschulp and Argentina Pedro Cachen to become the first ever lucky loser to reach the fourth round of the US Open. The 23-year-old struggled at times to cope with Ruud’s consistency in his first ATP Head2Head meeting and was hard on himself, dropping to the ground to do nine push-ups after dropping one early in the second set badly executed drop shot.

Despite the loss, Moutet sits 80th on the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings after his run in New York.

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