On Thursday, the upcoming ATP 250 second round games were held on hard courts in San Diego. Promotion to the quarter-finals was won, among other things, by Casper Rudd who eliminated the tennis player who had inspired him.

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Ranked number two, Casper Rudd received a farewell in the first round, and his opponent was Andy Murray. The former ATP ranking leader and three-time Grand Slam champion fought with ambition, but now he is the 10th tennis player in the world best by one break per set and has finally won 7:5, 6:4.

– On the other side of the net there is the legend of the last decade. Even what he did in recent years, when he came back from a serious injury, inspires me. During his matches he was always fighting and never giving up. The past few years haven’t been happy for him, but it’s great to see him again. I think he played at a high level,” Rudd said in an on-court interview (quote from atptour.com).

In Friday’s quarter-finals, the 22-year-old’s opponent from Oslo will be marked by number nine Lorenzo Soni. The Italian beat American talent Sebastian Korda for the second time this season. In San Diego it ended up at 6:4, 6:3 for the Italian international. In February, Sonego did better at the ATP 250 indoor event in Montpellier.

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Denis Shapovalov and Cameron Nouri will also fight for a place in the semi-finals. Ranked at a “four,” he defeated Canadian-American Taylor Fritz 7:6 (7), 6:2, defending six sets at the first show. On the other hand, Nouri won the Great Britain Derby, because for the second time this season (earlier in the Australian Open 2021) his compatriot Daniel Evans won, this time 7:6 (3), 6:3.

Aslan Karagio, who beat Hubert Hurkacz in the second round, also met his opponent in the quarter-finals on Friday. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov will stand in the way of the Russian by defeating August Holmgren 6:1, 6:1. The Dane entered the bracket as a “lucky loser” in the elimination, with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime retired.

San Diego OpenSan Diego (USA)
ATP 250, hard courts, 600k prize pool. dollar
Thursday 30 September

Second round of singles:

Denis Shapovalov (Canada, 4) – Taylor Fritz (US) 7:6 (7), 6:2
Cameron Norrie (UK) beat Daniel Evans (UK, 8) 7-6 (3) 6-3
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat August Holmgren (Denmark, L.P.) 6-1, 6-1
Lorenzo Sonego (Italy 9) beat Sebastian Korda (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Casper Ruud (Norway 2) beat Andy Murray (UK) 7-5, 6-4

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