The Norwegian Casper Ruud got the better of the Croatian Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros. He will be opposed to Rafael Nadal, who will try to run for a 14th Porte d’Auteuil trophy.
An unprecedented final will be held this Sunday on the Philippe-Chatrier court. On one side is clay-court legend Rafael Nadal, who is reaching the final for the 14th time in his career. On the other, the Norwegian Casper Ruud, 23, who will try to create the feat for his first Grand Slam final.
The day had started beautifully on the center court of Roland-Garros. For the last four match, it was a duel of titans between Rafael Nadal, thirteen times titled on French clay, and Alexander Zverev, 3rd player in the world in the ATP ranking. In a tough match, where the two players went blow for blow (7-6/6-6), it was the Spaniard who qualified for the final.
After three hours of play and when the match was only at the end of the second set, the German seriously injured his ankle. Unable to defend his chances, he gave up. Nadal did not fail to salute the performance of his unfortunate opponent: “I’m sure he will win not one, but several Grand Slam tournaments”.
Casper Ruud in diesel mode
For the second match, it was a less tense meeting which took place between the Croatian Marin Cilic (23rd in the world) and the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8th in the world). After a very tense first set, Casper Ruud unrolled his tennis to win 3-6/6-4/6-2/6-2.
FIRST GRAND SLAM FINAL
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The match was however interrupted due to the eruption of an environmental protester who clung to the net for a few minutes. After being evacuated without violence, the meeting was able to resume.
It is therefore an unprecedented final between the greatest player in the history of Roland-Garros and the young Norwegian, who signs his first Grand Slam final. First exchanges this Sunday, June 5, from 3 p.m.