French Open: Casper Ruud makes history, becomes first Norwegian to reach Grand Slam final


Casper Ruud has become the first Norwegian man to reach a Grand Slam Final on Friday after he thrashed Marin Cilic by 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

23-year-old Ruud, after losing the first set, packed his stamina and went to attack Cilic after the game, displaying a variety of his shots. Win the win in the semis, Croatian star Ruud has set the summit clash with 13-time French Open champions Rafael Nadal.

“It was a great match from my side. I didn’t start the greatest but Marin played a very good first set,” said the 23-year-old Norwegian after the match concluded.

“I look up to Rafa (Rafael Nadal). He’s the perfect example of how to behave on the court, never gives up and never complains. He’s been my idol all my life,” Ruud said.

Earlier Friday, Nadal reached the final in Paris for the 14th time when Alexander Zverev was forced to retire with an ankle injury after falling in the court.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal entered his 14th French Open final on his 36th birthday after Olympic gold champion Alexander Zverev pulled out of the clash due to an injury here at the Philippe Chatrier court in Paris on Friday with a score of 7-6 (10-8), 6-6. The German injured his right ankle during the second set and had to retire.

In the second set tie-breaker both the players fought valiantly as the scores were tied at 6-6. The third seed Zverev screamed in pain when he went down on the baseline stretching for a ball on the final point of the 12th game of the second set. After some time the 25-year-old returned to the court on crutches and conceded the match. With this win, Nadal entered his 14th French Open final. 


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