NEW YORK. Kasper Ruud still has a shot at becoming the US Open champion and the first Norwegian to be ranked No. 1 with his first quarter-final outing. He will take on No. 13 seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini after both players won their fourth round matches.
Fifth seed Ruud, already the first Norwegian to appear in the third and fourth rounds of the US Open, moved forward by defeating Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2.
Berrettini reached the quarterfinals of the US Open with a 3–6, 7–6(2), 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 victory over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokin.
Ruud needs to reach the final if only to become the best player in men’s tennis. Ruud, 23, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and current No. 1 Daniil Medvedev are the only players who can finish the tournament as the best player in the world. Ruud is ranked seventh in the world.
Ruudd used 43 winners to earn victory in his first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“It was my dream to play on this court at least once in my career,” Ruud said during an on-court interview. “Now I have a win here too, so I can tell my future children and grandchildren that I played here and it will be a funny story. It was amazing.”
Also on Sunday, defending champion and No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev will take on No. 23 seed Nick Kyrgios in a clash at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the winner should be the clear favorite to advance to the final. No. 12 seed Coco Gauff plays Shuai Zhang. Gauff, a finalist at this year’s French Open, is trying to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time in her career.
Moute fell to a lifetime 0-8 against top 10 opponents, but the Frenchman’s week at Flushing Meadows had already been a success. He became the first lucky underdog (a player who failed to qualify but gets into the main draw when someone pulls out) to reach the fourth round of the US Open.
Berrettini, runner-up at Wimbledon 2021, reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam tournament for the fifth time in a row. He pulled out of Wimbledon in June after testing positive for COVID-19 and also missed the French Open.
Berrettini worked hard for most of the match but used 18 aces and six winning break points to advance.
“I am very proud that I did not start the match the way I wanted,” said Berrettini. “I lost the set and the break. I found the right energy. I have to say that I was a little tired in the fourth round and he was playing incredible tennis. I lost the fourth and I thought, “Okay, now I’ll give everything.”
Ruud has a 3-2 career advantage over Berrettini.
PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semi-final since the grass season.
Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.
In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Siu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.
In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).
PARMA, Italy – First-place finisher Maria Sakkari beat Arancia Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parma Ladies Open.
Sakkari, who accepted a late card wild card for the red clay court tournament, played in her first tournament since losing to Wang Siyu in the second round of the US Open.
The Greek will play Marina Zanevskaya from Belgium, who beat Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.
Fourth-placed Sloane Stevens of the United States, the 2017 US Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
However, there will be an American in the final eight as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. Sorribes Tormo eliminated runner-up Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the first round.
Davis will face Mayar Sheriff after the Egyptian defeated Simone Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).
In addition, Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu, who placed third, overtook Italy’s Matilda Paoletti 6:4, 6:4 to advance to the quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan, who placed sixth, who beat Anna Karolina Shmidlova 6:2, 3:6. 6-3.