The eighth seed repelled a strong return from Hubert Hurkacz To complete a 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the fourth round on Monday afternoon and reach the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam in Paris.
In his on-court interview, Rudd said: “It’s a great feeling. It was one of my goals this year, to try to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. I don’t know why, but suddenly when I came here this year I felt a little bit more experienced playing five sets. I couldn’t play in Australia like that Roland Garros It was a big goal for me, especially this year.”
In a meeting between two players making their fourth-round debut in the French capital, it was world number 8 Ruud who took control early on as 12th seed Hurkacz was unable to consistently block Ruud’s powerful shot into Court Susan Lenglin.
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The Norwegian has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to handle tough match situations on his way to the quarter-finals in Paris. It opened with an emotional four-set victory in the favorites at home Jo-Wilfried TsongaThe last match before retiring came in an exciting five-set match against Lorenzo Sonego In the third round.
Rudd kept cool under pressure again against Hurkacz, keeping his cool after the Pole raised the match to take the third set and then opened up an early lead in the fourth. Despite the efforts of Monte Carlo and quarter-finalist Hurkacz in Madrid, Ruud pulled off two breaks on his own to claim his eighth straight win and book a quarter-final date with Stefanos Tsitsipas or Holger Ron.
Rudd said: “Hubert has improved a lot on the mud than in previous years. He’s become a dangerous player on all surfaces, especially here on the mud where if the sun is down, he’s really fast.
“Of course, he has a dangerous serve, and the goal today was to try to get a lot of comeback. I did really well in the first two sets. I was able to get him to play a lot of points and I was able to run. And one bad one in one game and then he got a break.
“It turned around really fast in tennis. It looked a bit grim in the fourth set as well, but luckily I was able to break it back a few times.”
Hurkacz found himself under pressure early on as the reliable Pole’s serve usually eluded him in the opening set. Rudd maintained his solidity and managed to break three times with relative ease, becoming the first player to lose Hurkacz in the tournament.
There was some improvement from the pole in a tighter second set but again the slow start cost him. Rudd whipped his trademark big forehand heavily for a breakout in the second half and then saved a break point in the next game to take a 3-0 lead. It was as close as Hurkacz came to getting the break back as the Norwegian took the lead from the baseline.
Despite trailing by two sets, Hurkacz was rewarded for steadily improving his game over the course of the match as he sealed the third set with a break in the sixth game. The world number 13 seemed to have taken the reins when he broke 2-1 in the fourth set, but Rudd regained his composure to smash twice by himself to seal a two-hour and 31-minute victory.
Rudd has been one of the most consistent clay court players on the tour in recent years, with seven of his eight titles coming to the surface. Until this year he was not able to turn this model into a deep experience in Roland GarrosWith third-round appearances in 2019, 2020 and 2021, his previous best performances were in Paris.