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Norwegian star Casper Ruud secures a spot in his second Grand Slam final of the year, beating Karen Khachanov at the US Open to set up a showdown with Frances Tiafoe or Carlos Alcaraz
- Casper Ruud is in US Open final and defeats Karen Khachanov in four sets
- The talented young Norwegian also made it to the final of the French Open in June
- Ruud led two sets before losing 5-7 in the third, but continued to watch out
- He will play against the American Frances Tiafoe or the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday
Casper Ruud put himself within one win of an unlikely tilt at the world’s No. 1 as he reached his second Grand Slam final of the year on Friday night.
The world No. 7 from Norway faces the US Open final after defusing the mighty Russian Karen Khachanov with a 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Arthur Ashe .
He kept waiting to see who would come out of the second game of the last four, the American Frances Tiafoe or the precocious Spanish teenage talent of Carlos Alcaraz.
Casper Ruud celebrates after winning his US Open semifinal on Arthur Ashe Friday
The world’s number 7 from Norway could even become the world’s number 1 if he wins his first Grand Slam
Another triumph would guarantee that he would take over from Daniil Medvedev at the top of the standings.
Ruud came in second at the French Open in June, where he eventually lost heavily to Rafael Nadal. Some haphazard matches on the grass followed, but his later actions on American hard courts have 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 beaten Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals.
Karen Khachanov won the fourth set but Ruud turned out to be too much for him in New York
Ruud was delighted to continue his French Open success with another Grand Slam final
A few Norwegian fans in the crowd wave their flags for Ruud during his semi-final match
‘In the beginning we were both a bit nervous with some breaks back and forth,’ says Ruud. “I was lucky to win the first set and that calmed my nerves.
“After Roland Garros I was extremely happy, but humbled enough to think that this might be the only Grand Slam final of my career, they don’t come easy.”
Ruud won the tiebreak of the first set 7-5 after coming off an extraordinary 55-shot baseline rally.