Qualifier Struff beats Ruud, reaches Monte Carlo quarters

German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff took one other step in his comeback from an harm as he upset fourth-seeded Casper Ruud 6-1, 7-6 (6) to achieve the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Casper Ruud(REUTERS)

Having been ranked twenty ninth, Struff dropped as little as No. 168 after sustaining a foot fracture final yr throughout a match in Miami, an harm that left him sidelined for greater than two months.

Struff has loved an excellent begin to the season and returned to the High 100 final month however had not overwhelmed anybody within the High 10 since June 2021. His aggressive model of play resulted in 37 winners and 23 factors gained on the web towards Ruud, who dropped his serve 4 occasions.

Struff ended Ruud’s nine-match successful streak on clay. The 2022 French Open runner-up had gained his previous two tournaments on the floor, in Gstaad final July and in Estoril final week.

Struff will subsequent be up towards 2021 runner-up Andrey Rublev, who beat Karen Khachanov 7-6 (4), 6-2 on the Nation Membership.

“We know each other too well,” Rublev said. “The first set was only mental. We didn’t show some tennis skills. But it was tough to show skills because the wind was really hard and the court was slippery and it was tough to do something.”

High-ranked Novak Djokovic’s tense contest with Lorenzo Musetti was suspended by rain with the rating 6-4, 5-7, 1-1 and Djokovic up 40-30 on his serve.

Enjoying solely his second match on clay this season, Djokovic dropped his serve 5 occasions within the second set as each gamers struggled with accuracy in windy situations. Djokovic led 4-2 however couldn’t maintain his lead as Musetti’s mixture of intelligent drop pictures and deep groundstrokes put the 22-time Grand Slam winner on the again foot.

Djokovic was damaged at love within the eleventh sport and was livid on the changeover, stomping on his racket and destroying it. Musetti stored his cool within the subsequent sport to serve out the set and pressure a decider.

Additionally, two-time defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 6-4 with out dropping his serve.

“I had to deal with a few (tough) points, especially when he had break points,” mentioned Tsitsipas, who subsequent performs eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz. “I dealt with those situations very maturely and played precisely, so it was great out there.”

Seventh-seeded Jannik Sinner got here from behind and saved a match level to get previous No. 10-seeded Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Sinner trailed by a set and a break then got here out on prime of a 22-shot rally when down 6-5 within the tiebreaker to stay within the match. Hurkacz misplaced the subsequent two factors and threw his racket in anger, then completely misplaced his focus within the decider.

“Playing against him, I knew already from the beginning that it was very tough to get into the rhythm,” Sinner said. “I think he served incredible in the first one-and-a-half sets, and when I broke him the first time the momentum changed a little bit.”

Sixth-seeded Holger Rune superior to the quarterfinals with out enjoying when Matteo Berrettini withdrew as a result of an harm. Third-seeded Daniil Medvedev was scheduled to play Thirteenth-seeded Alexander Zverev later.

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