NEW YORK — Casper Ruud continued his streak at the US Open and his attempt to become the first player from Norway ranked No. 1, with a record of 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2. win over Corentin Moutet on Sunday.
Ruud, a 23-year-old from Oslo, reached the US Open quarterfinals for the first time in his career.
The No. 5 seed in New York, Ruud, already the first Norwegian to appear in the third and fourth rounds of the Open, must reach the championship final to even have a chance of becoming the best player in the game. men’s tennis.
With a subdued celebration that featured a fist bump and a smile on his way to the net for the post-match handshake, Ruud doffed his hat, walked back onto the court and applauded the New York crowd with applause and Greetings.
Moutet dropped to 0-8 lifetime against top 10 opponents, but his week at Flushing Meadows was already a success. He became the first lucky loser (a player who doesn’t make it out of qualifying but gets into the main draw when someone drops out) to make it to the fourth round.
Ruud, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and current No. 1 Daniil Medvedev are the only players who can finish the tournament as the highest ranked player in the world. Rudd is ranked No. 7 in the world.
Ruud, who played for the first time at Arthur Ashe Stadium, will face Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals.
Berrettini advanced earlier in the day with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Davidovich Fokina had little left in the fifth set when he appeared to be injured with the match tied 2-2. He went down in a heap after a tough split when returning a ball along the baseline. He was on his knees and pounding the ground, wincing as he finally made his way to the bench. A trainer rubbed ice on Davidovich Fokina’s left knee and leg during each break the rest of the way.
Berrettini, runner-up at Wimbledon 2021, reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the fifth time in a row. He withdrew from Wimbledon in June because he tested positive for COVID-19.
Berrettini worked for most of the match, but used 18 aces and six game-winning break points to advance.
Associated Press contributed to this report.