(Casper Ruud – Lloyd Harris 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4) Lloyd Harris (24) had Casper Ruud (22) on his knees, but he masterfully turned the Norwegian around and reached the fourth round in Indian Wells. Thus, he took another good step towards the ATP playoffs in November.
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In the first set, it was Lloyd Harris who pushed. Ruud had to fight several times to keep serve, but managed to pass without breaking serve and therefore the set was decided by a tiebreaker.
There it was Harris again who put Ruud under pressure and the 24-year-old secured the first set at 7-4 in the tiebreaker.
Harris also initially had the advantage in the second set, but after Harris abused four break balls in just over ten minutes of play early in the set, Ruud gained something of an advantage. At 4-4, he had his first break point opportunity and he took care of it. After another even service game, Ruud held the service the next game and made it 6-4. It was also 6-4 in the third set, where Ruud had much better control.
The victory means that Ruud is one step closer to a place in the ATP Finals, where only the top eight players can participate until the 2021 season. The Norwegian has 3,015 points and Monday’s victory ensured that he surpassed Rafael Nadal (who has spent the rest of the season with an injury) and is now in seventh position in the ranking.
Ruud is the most victorious ATP Tour player this season with five wins, all at the ATP 250 level. At the same time, he has also impressed at the Masters 1000 tournaments, where he has reached two semi-finals and two early quarter-finals. of this season.
The ongoing tournament in Indian Wells is Ruud’s fifth Masters 1000 tournament of the season, and he can reach a new quarter-final with a win over Diego Schwartzman. Ruud won both games against Schwartzman earlier this season, most recently at the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati in August.
Ruud’s fiercest competitors in the battle for a spot in the ATP Finals currently appear to be Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner. Felix Auger-Aliassime seemed to be in the game for a long time, but he depends on some very good tournaments later this season after being eliminated in the second round of the Indian Wells tournament.
For Ruud, the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna (25-31 October) and the Paris Masters (1-7 November) are the next two, before possibly also playing the ATP 250 tournament in Stockholm (7-13 October). November). of the ATP Finals in Turin, which begins on November 14.
Ruud was in 10th place in the world rankings before the tournament, but has already risen to 9th in the live rankings as Roger Federer does not play and will lose many previously recorded points. With a place in the semi-finals, Ruud can also climb to eighth place and overtake Dominic Thiem in the world rankings.