Still in the fight for number one: Casper Ruud dispatches Berrettini and settles in the semi-finals of the US Open

Still in the fight for number one: Casper Ruud dispatches Berrettini and settles in the semi-finals of the US Open

The Norwegian didn’t drop a single set against the Italian and secured first place in the US Open top four.

New York has a movie ending. In the Big Apple, there is not only a competition to see who will be a new Grand Slam champion, but also to meet the next world number one. On this edge the name of Casper Ruud (7th) appears strongly: he has now become the first semi-finalist of the US Open.

The Norwegian unquestionably beat Mateo Berrettini (14th) in the quarter-finals and managed for the second time this season to reach the semi-finals of a big . At Roland Garros he reached the final and now at the US Open he hopes to achieve his first Grand Slam title.

A milestone that would also lead him to be number 1 in the ATP rankings. But for that he is still missing, since Ruud does not run alone. According to the live rankings, Nadal is the current monarch of the circuit, but the Balearics have already been knocked out of the Big Apple. Which does the Norwegian and Carlos Alcaraz are counting on themselves to finally appear at the top next Monday .

Ruud is already in the semi-finals and Alcaraz will have to play a very complicated match against Jack Sinner to stay alive at the US Open, so the first chance seems to have the Nordic. In reality, if the Spaniard falls in the quarter-finals (Sinner has beaten him twice in the last two months), the Norwegian will only have to reach the final to become the 28th player to be number one in the Open Era .

A single match in quarters

The duel against Berrettini stood out for the simplicity with which Ruud managed to close the score in his favor. He did not give up the sets and celebrated with a 6-1, 6-4 and 7-6(4) after two hours and 36 minutes of combat.

The main thing was that the Scandinavian always came in better to play the sets. Incisive, in the first set he managed to be 5-0 in favor and in the second 5-1. Thus, it was impossible for the Italian to counter a player who is in a moment of total confidence.

Now will have to wait for the winner of the duel between Nick Kyrgios (25th) and Karen Khachanov (31st) two players with a very similar style to Tano, so Ruud already knows what he’ll need to do to caress the US Open final (and possibly number one).

Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke – USA TODAY Sports

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