Brooksby delivers Ruud shock to ship second seed crashing in Australian Open

American Jenson Brooksby knocked second seed Casper Ruud out of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-3 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 victory, extinguishing the Norwegian’s hopes of successful a primary Grand Slam title and topping the world rankings.

Two breaks of serve within the opening set of the second-round match handed Brooksby the early lead and he dictated phrases within the second to lift the prospect of one other large upset by a Californian after Mackenzie McDonald beat defending champion Rafa Nadal.

The 24-year-old Ruud, twice a runner-up in Grand Slams final yr, saved three match factors earlier than successful the third set in a tiebreak as Brooksby started to really feel the strain however the American regained his composure within the fourth to finish the win.

“Casper’s a warrior, I knew it’d be a great battle out there. I was pretty confident with my level and just wanted to have fun out there and see what could happen,” Brooksby, 22, stated.

“I was really proud of my mental resolve out there after the third-set battle didn’t go my way to turn it around.

“Final yr, I had COVID, the day earlier than I used to be on account of fly out, and that sucked. However hopefully that is the primary of a few years to return.”

After a medical timeout following the second set, Ruud was far more comfortable on court but found himself broken and down 2-0 and then 5-2 in the third but he saved three matchpoints in the next game to force a tiebreak as Brooksby’s clean winners deserted him.

Looking mentally and physically drained, Brooksby pressed the reset button after that lost opportunity and returned from a bathroom break with his best form back to prevail.

Up next for Brooksby, who is making his Australian Open debut this year after withdrawing in 2022 due to illness, is compatriot Tommy Paul following his five-set victory over Spanish 30th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

“It is going one other battle for certain, all of the Individuals are going rather well proper now, and we’re all pushing one another,” Brooksby said.

Ruud said that the tension and pain he felt in his abdominal area midway through the match was due to a long-standing issue that he hoped to address soon.

“It is one thing that has been with me for round two years since I received a pressure right here within the fourth spherical,” Ruud said.

“I hope it is nothing severe, but it surely does come a little bit bit again right here and there, so I must maintain it and hope I can eliminate it for a very long time now.”

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