Norwegian star Casper Ruud has booked a place in his second Grand Slam final of the year by beating Karen Khachanov at the US Open to set up a showdown with Frances Tiafoe or Carlos Alcaraz.
- Kasper Ruud is in the US Open final, beating Karen Khachanov in four sets
- The talented young Norwegian also reached the final of the French Open in June
- Ruud went two sets before trailing 5-7 in the third, but kept seeing it out
- On Sunday, she will play either the American Frances Tiafoe or the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz
Casper Ruud put himself within one win of an unlikely tilt at world No.1 when he reached his second Grand Slam final of the year on Friday night.
The world No. 7 from Norway is in the US Open final after defusing Russian heavyweight Karen Khachanov with a 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Arthur Ashe.
It was left to wait for whoever would emerge from the second leg of the last four, either American Frances Tiafoe or the precocious Spanish teenage talent of Carlos Alcaraz.
Casper Ruud celebrates after defeating Arthur Ashe in the US Open semi-final on Friday
The world No. 7 from Norway could even become world No. 1 if he wins his first Grand Slam
Another triumph would see him take over from Daniil Medvedev at the top of the standings.
Rudd was runner-up at the French Open in June, where he eventually lost heavily to Rafael Nadal. Some random struggles on grass followed, but his later exploits on American hard courts underlined the extent of his talent.
The latest international sporting export from the Scandinavian country, his returns were particularly impressive against the 6’6 Russian, who had overcome Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals.
Karen Khachanov wins fourth set but Rudd finally proves too much in New York
Rudd was delighted to continue his French Open success with another Grand Slam final
A pair of Norwegian fans in the crowd wave their flags for Rudd during his semi-final match
“We were both a bit nervous at the start with a few breaks back and forth,” Ruud said. “I was lucky to win the first set which calmed my nerves.
“After Roland Garros I was extremely happy but humble enough to think that it might be the only Grand Slam final of my career, they are not easy.”
Rudd won the first set tiebreak 7-5 after getting the better of an outstanding 55-shot baseline rally.