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Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz’s last hurdle in his first Grand Slam and first place. – Benin News

PARIS, 10 September. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Spaniard arrived at the tournament as one of the big favorites, albeit slightly behind Rafa Nadal and Russian Daniil Medvedev, knowing that depending on the results, he could become the best tennis player in the world at just 19 years old. After early losses to the Spaniard and the Russian, Ruud faces the same opportunity, and if he wins the final, he will also be at the top of the table.

However, Alcaraz is the tennis player who arrives with the most hours of play in a title game, having played four and a half hours in the semi-finals and more than five and a quarter hours in the quarter-finals, almost five hours. more tennis than Ruud in the same rounds. This difference can be ambiguous, because physically it could play into the hands of the Norwegian, but it feels like the Spaniard is approaching a moment of great confidence.

The El Palmar player also finds the opponent with whom he won his first Masters 1000 in the final in Miami last April, where he came as a big surprise and won the final in straight sets (7-5, 6-4). Today, the two teams will meet again on American soil, but under completely different circumstances, and both players look very different from that day.

To reach the final, Alcaraz defeated Nadal’s executioner, American Frances Tiafoe, in a nervous five-set semi-final (6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3). The Spaniard conceded the first set in a tiebreak but managed to decide the next two; he fell again in the fourth, still suddenly dying, but ended up winning in the fifth, knocking down the American’s serve three times.

Previously, he had to overcome another titanic duel against the Italian Jack Sinner, where it took him five hours and 18 minutes to get rid of an opponent who even had a match point in his favor. Along the way, he also beat Croat Marin Cilic, American Jenson Brooksby and Argentines Federico Coria and Sebastian Baez.

In front of him will be Kasper Ruud, the reigning ATP No. 5, who could rise to the top if he manages to win the final. Unlike Carlos Alcaras, the Norwegian already knows what it’s like to play in the final of the “great”, because in the final of Roland Garros he met with Rafa Nadal, where he lost significantly in three sets.

In fact, the only two finals the Norwegian has made in major tournaments have been defeats to the Spanish, and today he has a third chance to compete for his first title. Ruud reached this stage after beating Russia’s Kachanov and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, among others, in the semi-finals. His toughest match was against American Tommy Paul who forced him into the fifth set in the round of 16.

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