No matter what happens, Wednesday will see a new member join the Grand Slam semi-finalist circle. Before their clash at Roland-Garros, neither Casper Ruud (23, 8th in the world), nor Holger Rune (19) had ever played in a Major quarter-final.
Even though he fought against Sonego in five sets and against Tsonga, he was an excellent clay court player. He had a strong performance against Hubert Hurkacz in the previous round, which he won in four sets.
He was the first player from Norway to win an ATP title.
Surprisingly, Holger Rune, a Danish prodigy, is opposite him. Since the Spaniard's explosion, he has been working in the shadow of Carlos Alcaraz. He has shown that the 2003 generation still has talent.
He was revealed in Munich in March with his first ATP title. On Monday, he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (N.4) in the round 16 with authority.
Ruud is the winner of this slugging duel with a score of 3-0. The two previous ones in 2021 were demonstrations. However, the one in Monaco in April was tighter... How about three sets of winning sets at a level neither man knows?