Rune follows up win over Djokovic by beating Ruud to reach Italian Open final

Rome, May 20 (BNA): Holger Rohn followed up his recent victory over Novak Djokovic with another impressive performance, as he prevailed 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2 over fellow Scandinavian Kasper Ruud on Saturday to reach the final of the Italian Open.

It’s Ron’s third clay-court final of the season, after the 20-year-old Dane won a title in Munich, Germany, and lost to Andrei Rublev in the Monte Carlo Masters Cup, reports the Associated Press.

In the final, Ron would face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Daniil Medvedev, who were next up for Campo Central.

Rome is the last major tournament before the French Open kicks off next weekend, and Ron and Rudd are both shaping up as contenders.

Seventh-seeded Ron sealed a victory over six-times Rome champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals – his second victory over the 22-times Grand Slam champion in just over six months.

Fourth seed Ruud, who is from Norway, reached the final last year at Roland Garros, losing to Rafael Nadal – who announced on Thursday he would not participate in Paris due to a thigh injury that has sidelined him since January. .


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